She was surprised to see a $99 parking ticket on her car windshield, when an overwhelmed Melbourne doctor finished up her shift on the coronavirus frontline and headed outside last night.
The council of the City of Melbourne has issued almost 10,000 parking passes for frontline staff, but Katarina Arandjelovic-an ICU doctor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital-said that others have lost out and are still stung in near-empty streets.
In a series of tweets sent to Lord Mayor Sally Capp of Melbourne and the Council of the City of Melbourne, Dr Arandjelovic announced that she had served for at least 56 hours over the last four days while she cared for”some of the state’s sickest patients”.
I worked 56 hours over four days in helping look after some of our state’s sickest patients.
At 10pm last night, I left work to find a fine on my car dashboard. pic.twitter.com/sA1oKE21lB
— Katarina Arandjelovic (@KArandjelovic) August 10, 2020
In response to Dr Arandjelovic ‘s post, Melbourne City said parking areas with red signs are still under restrictions and urged her to apply for a staff permit on the frontline.
They have also given a link for her to challenge the fine.
Hi Katarina, vehicles parked in residential parking areas with red signs are still subject to restrictions. We recognise the invaluable work our health workers are doing, that’s why we’ve issued 9900 parking passes to frontline workers, including to the Royal Melbourne Hospital
— City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) August 10, 2020