Call to Pa­cific com­mu­nity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The group es­tab­lished to form stronger links be­tween Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal and the com­mu­nity is off to a slow start, with more male and Pa­cific rep­re­sen­ta­tives needed.

A con­sumer com­mit­tee was cre­ated in Septem­ber last year by Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board, with an eye to giv­ing the pub­lic a voice, meet­ing reg­u­larly to dis­cuss is­sues raised within the com­mu­nity to im­prove the hos­pi­tal’s ser­vices.

So far, four ap­pli­cants have been ap­pointed to the con­sumer com­mit­tee, but six more rep­re­sen­ta­tives are be­ing sought, says Cap­i­tal & Coast’s op­er­a­tions man­ager Jen Bo­ryer.

She says they had a num­ber of ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est but re­quire a bet­ter spread of age and eth­nic­ity. ‘‘We’re look­ing for peo­ple who have used the hos­pi­tal’s ser­vices in the past two years, maybe peo­ple who have com­mu­nity net­works and can bring the pub­lic’s voice into this.

Freda To­hill, Judy Whit­combe, Kamiria Mullen and Rev­erend Yvonne Fisk are on the board.

The first meet­ing of the con­sumer com­mit­tee takes place at the hos­pi­tal on March 28, fol­lowed by meet­ings ev­ery eight weeks.

They will not be open to the pub­lic or me­dia.

There will even­tu­ally be sim­i­lar com­mit­tees in Kapiti and Welling­ton, re­port­ing di­rectly to the DHB.

Any­one in­ter­ested should con­tact Bar­bara Kelly on 918 2311 or bar­bara.kelly@ccdhb.org.nz. see ccdhb.org.nz, click on our com­mu­nity.

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