Save health service
Capital & Coast District Health Board wants to close Porirua Pacific Health Service, despite pleas from the community to keep their service open.
Interestingly, Pacific Health Services Porirua is part-funded by a fund created many years ago by Finance Minister Bill English, so these types of services could exist.
In the same token, the National Government has a pattern of streamlining services by way of amalgamation, as we’ve seen with Auckland City, and the Wellington region is currently being planned for similar revamp.
So it’s no surprise when we see DHBs doing the same with health services, which is why we now have this situation with a community service such as Pacific Health Service.
The question is, will these types of reform to public services save money? I think not.
One scenario is that minimising access to health care could see an influx of admissions to hospitals, as a result of patients being treated late for sickness that could