Mycoplasma bovis bigger than politics
This Labour/NZ First Government has played their cards, and regional development is not in their hand. Although health care seems to be their priority, it turns out this priority is particularly selective and Clutha-Southland has not made the cut. This is yet another punch in a string of hits to our region that strengthens the blow to regional development and local infrastructure. Yet another broken promise.
Labour has increased health funding by $730 million, which is less than the $930 million increase that National had planned. I find it somewhat ironic seeing tabloids headed with ideas such as ‘‘health this year’s budget winner’’ when I consider the particular issues facing our region such as the threatened downgrade of the Lumsden Maternity Hospital, which remains lost to this Government.
Once again, we are fighting to save another service in a core regional health facility. Following a petition that rallied the overwhelming support of over 5000 signatures, a decision looks to be made in a couple of weeks on June 7.
The birthing unit of the maternity hospital not only gives heart to the community, but provides outstanding support to rural mothers and babies in our region.
Despite our community so clearly and vocally wanting the hospital’s birthing unit to remain open, this Government is struggling to listen, and leaves us asking the question: where is all the money going?
Despite being contributors to the economic backbone of New Zealand, it seems that this year, health care in our region is set to be one of the biggest losers if the Government does not listen up and deliver.
Deliver on their promises of regional development, deliver on their contributions to health care, and deliver to the people of Clutha-Southland. Letters should not exceed 250 words and must have a full name, address and phone number. The news director reserves the right to edit, abridge or withhold any correspondence without explanation. Letters may be referred to others for right of reply. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clutha-Southland’s National MP Hamish Walker