Better parking facilities and in turn safety for staff at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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Many nursing, medical, domestic, clerical and ancillary staff have worked at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary since the building opened in 2003.  Now with the imminent opening of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children on the same site staff are being told they are no longer entitled to a parking permit which allows them to park in designated car parks on the site. The parking permits are not free and are paid for out of their wages on a monthly basis. 

This is completely unacceptable, this issue should have been anticipated well in advance and should not be at the potential risk of staff members- many staff who travel from out with Edinburgh and the Lothians have no option but to drive to work. Staff will now be expected to pay in excess of £7 per shift (If there are parking spaces available) with no increase in their salary or will have to find another area to park in which leaves them vulnerable and open to abuse or worse - there have been 2 recent assualts on females in the area and vandalism of their property from unhappy neighbouring residents. 

Many staff within these roles mentioned above work 12.5 hour shifts and often 3 or 4 days in a row - additional time factored in for travel, as well as additional expenditure will potentially leave NHS staff even more fatigued, drained and under resourced so we are asking for your support to sign our petition to ensure that as staff working within the NHS we are entitled to safe parking conditions at work.