Fa­cil­ity con­cerns

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - LIANE TOPHAM-KINDLEY

A Ran­furly GP has reser­va­tions about the lo­cal com­mu­nity health com­pany’s plans to build a new $5 mil­lion health fa­cil­ity for the Cen­tral Otago town, given few funds are in hand.

Dr Verne Smith told New Zealand Doc­tor the $5 mil­lion in funds needed were ‘‘ob­vi­ously not there, they don’t know where the money is go­ing to come from’’.

‘‘I feel this is put­ting the cart be­fore the horse; though if Ta­panui was able to do it [build a new med­i­cal cen­tre and resthome], per­haps we can?’’

Dr Smith’s gen­eral prac­tice is lo­cated in rooms at Man­iototo Hos­pi­tal in Ran­furly.

He rents the space from Man­iototo Health Ser­vices, as well as the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil and Man­iototo Ir­ri­ga­tion Com­pany.

Dr Smith is also con­tracted by the com­pany as the hos­pi­tal’s med­i­cal of­fi­cer.

The com­pany re­cently an­nounced plans for the health fa­cil­ity on the hos­pi­tal grounds.

Man­iototo Health Ser­vices gen­eral man­ager Ge­off Foster said the com­pany felt a $5 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment project was vi­able for the com­mu­nity and con­cept plans were de­signed based on that fig­ure.

There were no plans to be­gin devel­op­ment over the next year, as the com­pany in­tended to fundraise. A pub­lic meet­ing is planned to in­form the pub­lic and gauge sup­port.

JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

Out­go­ing Cen­tral Otago Mayor Tony Lep­per.

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