Save health ser­vice

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

Edi­tor,

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

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