Letter: Let Royal Inland Hospital staff use parkade

Editor:

As a retired nurse, I felt compelled to write a letter to the paper in response to the Dec. 2 article about staff being unable to park in the presently under-utilized parkade at Royal Inland Hospital (‘RIH staff cite stress of parking problem’).

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Come on, Interior Health, these are our precious frontline heroes.

To expect them to endure a 20-minute walk to their cars in the dark, after extremely stressful shifts and in inclement weather, is ludicrous and disgraceful.

If Impark needs to ensure its monetary quota, these staff members are willing to pay for the safety and convenience of being close to their vehicles.

Surely ticketing is not the way to go.

And to hear of hospital management recommending carpooling in the middle of a pandemic is beyond ridiculous. I wonder what Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry would have to say about that.

It’s time to put a heart back into our health-care system and show respect and appreciation to all of these dedicated staff for a job well done.

Sandra Henderson

Kamloops

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