Objections to parking plan

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Local Alliance activist Sian O’Neill joined protesters at Antrim Area Hospital last week in a bid to halt car parking charges being introduced for staff.

Current hospital parking charges are not applicable to staff, an issue that is set to change later this year.

Ms O’Neill said: “I fully understand that the hospital has to find new revenue streams to improve its service and parking charges have worked well in other parts of the province, however I object to staff, who are already underpaid and undervalued, having to pay these fees simply to come to work.

“Antrim Hospital would not lose out by issuing staff with chipped cards allowing them free access to the car park. This would be fair as those on lowest pay have had to face a number of years without a pay rise and are suffering to meet the cost of living as it is.”

Antrim Councillor Neil Kelly added: “I have a number of concerns about Antrim Hospital, as do most people in the town. Yet, parking charges for staff is ridiculous. It is time we started valuing these people and the service they provide.”

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