DHB move panned

Kapi-Mana News - - OPIN­ION -

Ed­i­tor,

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.

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