Hospi­tal’s fund­ing prom­ise

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS -

Man­iototo Hospi­tal bosses are ea­ger to hear more de­tail around a pro­posed fund­ing pledge by Labour Party Leader An­drew Lit­tle.

Lit­tle an­nounced on Fri­day a Labour-led Govern­ment would make $1 mil­lion avail­able to re­build the Man­iototo Hospi­tal in Ran­furly.

‘‘This will be a much needed boost for a long over­due re­build that has ap­par­ently been put in the too hard bas­ket by Na­tional.’’

Man­iototo Health Ser­vices Ltd gen­eral man­ager Ge­off Fos­ter said the man­age­ment only knew what had been re­ported from the an­nounce­ment.

‘‘It is pleas­ing that a ma­jor party recog­nises the need to fund ru­ral health fa­cil­i­ties. An­nette King and David Clark have vis­ited our fa­cil­ity in the past and we would be in­ter­ested in hear­ing de­tail of the pro­posed fund­ing. As it stands we will not be re­ceiv­ing any fund­ing from the cur­rent govern­ment.’’

Waitaki MP Jac­qui Dean said it was ’’easy’’ for Labour to prom­ise fund­ing a cou­ple of months out from the elec­tion.

‘‘I am not in the busi­ness of over-promis­ing. I have to be grounded in re­al­ity and that is my ap­proach to this.’’

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