DHB move panned
I have to comment on the recent articles regarding the closing of the after-hours service [between 10pm and 8am] at Kenepuru Hospital.
The statistics quoted were meant to persuade us that it was all for our own good. What arrant nonsense. Let us beat about the bush no longer. The C&CDHB wants the overnight service closed because, to quote from the concept paper, ‘‘the issue of financial viability of this service during overnight remains an issue’’.
Local GPs currently pay a per patient subsidy to fund the A&M service. This subsidy is about to be increased. By the simple transfer of costs to the Wellington Free Ambulance, the C&CDHB reduces its outlay and the GPs improve their income. It’s a truism that money is the root of all evil.
The concept being presented to the public is that roaming paramedics would take over the working of the clinic overnight. The area proposed is from Peka Peka to Tawa and there are six fully-trained paramedics ready to run the service, no mention that there is only one fully-equipped vehicle for them to use. Or the security guards that will be needed to accompany them in the ‘‘risky’’ area of Porirua.
Another thing I notice is we have been told up to now that this is a consultative process in order to gather information for a proposal which would be put up for public discussion. But we seemed to have jumped the proposal consultation process to a forgone conclusion with the new service commencing next year.
Now is the time that we need the articulate members of our society to speak up. Write letters, contact your MPs, your mayors, the Minister of Health Tony Ryall, anyone you can think of and let them know your concerns, because Mary Bonner was right – once it is gone it cannot be regained.
We were astonished and grateful to those of you who came on Saturday, November 3, despite the weather, and helped make the event the success it was.
Although obviously it didn’t go quite to plan due to the weather, seeing the kids having fun and families putting on brave faces mean so much to those of us who work to make this event what it is.
Thank-you to those of you who took time out of your day to support our school and we look forward to seeing you next year, fingers crossed for a sunny day.
DIANA KENNY, Titahi Bay.
(Letter abridged) Wet but fun: Paraparaumu Beach School students Laura Bruce and Herena McKee, both 10, at the Pauatahanui fair.