New parking system looking healthy
FEARS over free parking at the Western General being abused were alleviated after the new system passed its first test.
Although charges for using NHS car parks were lifted last week, yesterday was the first day back at work for many in the city following the festive period.
Despite worries that the car park may become a virtual park-and-ride for city centre commuters, the first few hours produced no problems.
A parking marshal was on duty at the main patient and visitor car park and quizzed every driver as to whether or not they had an appointment.
Barriers remain operational, with the only difference being the tickets are free. It is hoped this will be a key way of deterring those considering parking illegally.
Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon, who visited St John's Hospital in Livingston to mark the launch, said: "Unfair hospital car parking charges were, in effect, a tax on ill-health. I'm proud that the Scottish Government is helping to restore a principle of making healthcare accessible to all."
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