The parking increase was noted in South West Health's 2014-2015 business plan. This is the second time in 12 years that the cost of parking will increase by $1. In this case from $3 to $4. Monthly parking passes will increase from $20 to $25.
"We know this will not be popular, and we apologize for the concern it will cause,” said MacNeil. “We did not make this decision without first exploring all other options.”
South West Health hospitals have had paid parking since 2002. Parking is just one area South West Health focused on in efforts to control and reduce costs.
The budgets of all programs were reviewed to find opportunities which would have the least impact on direct patient care. South West Health looked at administrative and support efficiencies, such as; better management of vacation banks; the elimination of some vacant positions, and; switching to less costly cell phone packages.
In a budget of over $94 million this fiscal year, South West Health had to find ways to offset over $1.5 million in rising cost pressures, such as higher costs for medications, and medical and surgical supplies. A large portion of the shortfall ($286,000) is a result of a dramatic increase in fuel transport costs after the closure of the Imperial Oil refinery in Dartmouth last year. Fuel oil now must be trucked from Quebec at a significantly higher cost.
“We worked closely with directors and managers to explore all options to meet our…
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