Maternity plan release delayed
The release of a review into maternity services in the lower South Island has been delayed by the Southern District Health Board until mid to late June.
The DHB’s executive director of strategy, primary and com- munity, Lisa Gestro, said a lot of interest had been generated by the review, particularly the Southern Maternity System of Care Proposal which was released for final review on March 6.
‘‘We’ve received a large amount of thoughtful input and we greatly appreciate that people have provided their feedback,’’ Gestro said.
‘‘We’ve also taken this time to seek extra clinical assurance and conduct final due diligence of policies relating to the services.
‘‘There’s also been the government’s budget and its announcement of new funding for midwifery, primary care, and DHBs to consider.’’
Gestro said the board had decided to postpone releasing the final primary maternity plan, to ensure it adequately reviewed and evaluated all the available information.
Gestro apologised delay in providing decision. for the a final
Lisa Gestro, Southern District Health Board executive director for strategy, primary and community.