INTERIOR HEALTH HAS A PROBLEM it doesn’t want to talk about — a shortage of proper parking for Royal Inland Hospital staff.
This might not seem like a big deal unless you’re the one having to walk back to your car in the dark after a long shift.
I received a letter from a nurse who parked in the public parkade due to running a bit late for work. Employees aren’t supposed to do that. After a 12-hour shift, this employee returned to find a blue ticket on the windshield.
“The ticket that means you will have to pay a fine as well as have repercussions with HR. The blue ticket that makes me wonder how far the public’s gratitude (goes) for doing an already hard job under greater distress and danger to nurses and all medical staff.”
The letter goes on to acknowledge that the public gets upset when staffers take up parking spots at the hospital.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.