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.
Outgoing Central Otago Mayor Tony Lepper.