As a great many people have gotten in touch about the parking at the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, I wanted to make a post outlining the most recent activity I’ve undertaken to address it.
I organised a meeting with officials from NHS Lothian and other Lothian MSPs to address the current parking crisis affecting thousands of staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.
Staff at the RIE have branded the new points-based parking scheme, which started on the 17th January, as unfair after many people lost their permit despite their personal circumstances remaining unchanged, and over 28,000 people have signed a petition challenging the decision.
Despite some changes to the shuttle bus timetable and extra spaces being made available on a trial basis, many staff remain concerned.
I reflected to the NHS executives that there needed to be greater transparency on the points-based system, as many of you had got in touch to register concern over this. They agreed and committed to providing greater clarity to staff.
Another outcome of the meeting was agreement among the Lothian MSPs to draft and submit a letter to Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care. This letter will request that Mr Yousaf clarify the covid guidance around car sharing, and, if necessary, give a dispensation to NHS staff.
Finally, I raised the possibility of flexibility within the permit system; for example, two part-time staff potentially sharing a permit. The Executives let us know some departments were experimenting with this, and promised they would carry their findings forward if it proves successful.
I appreciate that a great many people across Edinburgh and the Lothians are being impacted by this situation, and I would like to assure you that I am working to make this system work for staff, patients and visitors.
To that end, please get in touch to share your experiences of the system, or if you have any ideas which could potentially facilitate a positive change.