Query­ing medics

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More de­tails are be­ing sought by Porirua City Coun­cil on the para­medic ser­vice that is likely to re­place Kenepuru Hospi­tal’s ac­ci­dent and med­i­cal ser­vice be­tween the hours of 10pm and 8am.

Mayor Nick Leggett and deputy mayor Liz Kelly have re­quested that Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board out­line its time­line and pro­pos­als be­fore mak­ing any de­ci­sions on changes to the ser­vice.

‘‘I’ve writ­ten to Vir­ginia Hope, the chair of the Cap­i­tal and Coast DHB, thank­ing her for the open­ness in this dis­cus­sion so far,’’ says mayor Leggett.

‘‘ But the community and the coun­cil need de­tails of what is be­ing pro­posed and we need to hear it be­fore a de­ci­sion is made.’’

Deputy mayor Liz Kelly says she is con­cerned that a ‘‘rov­ing’’ para­medic team will be com­bined with a sim­i­lar ser­vice in the Kapiti Coast and will cover Peka Peka to Chur­ton Park.

‘‘While I un­der­stand this ser­vice works well in Kapiti you can’t tell me that paramedics based up there will be able to re­spond quickly to the af­ter­hours needs of com­mu­ni­ties in our city.’’

Ms Kelly says the coun­cil is pos­i­tive about any ser­vice that of­fers bet­ter care for Porirua res­i­dents.

‘‘We need to un­der­stand the de­tail with this pro­posal so that we can ask the ques­tions our com­mu­ni­ties will be de­mand­ing.’’

Mr Leggett has in­vited Cap­i­tal & Coast Health to a coun­cil com­mit­tee meet­ing once a full pro­posal is de­vel­oped so dis­cus­sions can take place in a pub­lic forum.

He is hope­ful res­i­dents have a chance to par­tic­i­pate in the pub­lic de­bate.

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