Hospital workers will be offered free parking and free public transport to and from work in the latest state government measure to support frontline staff in the coronavirus pandemic.
The state government will provide free car parking for hospital staff, and hospital workers who don’t have a car or prefer to use public transport to get to work will also be provided with free travel on South Australia’s public transport system.
“We care for those who care for us. We are determined to support our dedicated hospital staff doing daily battle with this nasty, insidious disease,” said Premier Steven Marshall.
“The parking and transport measures are a small thanks from the people of South Australia to all hospital workers for continuing to turn up day in, day out, when we need you most.”
Health Minister Stephen Wade said the swift and decisive response by South Australia’s health system to COVID-19 has contained the threat at this stage.
"But we are just at the beginning of a very long battle,” said Minister Wade.“Free car parking for the doctors, nurses, cleaners and receptionists at our metropolitan hospitals adds to a series of initiatives already in place.
“Frontline health workers are again being given free flu vaccination to help protect them for the flu whilst fighting COVID-19.
“Our ‘Hotel for Heroes’ inititative is providing a welcome sanctuary for health workers during this crisis and giving them peace of mind that they are minimising any risk to their families,” said Minister Wade.
The state government is also supporting local manufacturers Detmold and Chesser Chemicals, who are delivering critical supplies of surgical masks and hand sanitiser to help protect frontline workers.