Coun­cil­lors to op­pose any af­ter-hours care re­duc­tion

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

There will be no de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of Porirua’s af­ter- hours med­i­cal care on Porirua City Coun­cil’s watch, city coun­cil­lors de­clared last week.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously last Wed­nes­day on a notice of mo­tion put for­ward by coun­cil­lors Ken Dou­glas and Sue Dow, op­pos­ing any re­duc­tion or de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of avail­abil­ity of ser­vices at Kenepuru Hospi­tal.

The in­tro­duc­tion of ser­vice charges for ac­cess to emer­gency or af­ter-hours ser­vices was also op­posed.

The overnight Ac­ci­dent and Med­i­cal ser­vice at Kenepuru may be re­placed by a rov­ing para­medic ser­vice next year in a pro­posal put for­ward by lo­cal gen­eral prac­ti­tioner Larry Jor­dan.

While the coun­cil has no power to de­cide the A & M’s fu­ture, it can kick up a fuss and make the clo­sure a po­lit­i­cal is­sue, Cr Dou­glas says.

The coun­cil is ob­ject­ing to any af­ter-hours model which doesn’t match the ser­vice al­ready pro- vided by the A & M, he says.

‘‘What we’re say­ing as a coun­cil is they will have to come up with some­thing bet­ter than what al­ready ex­ists.’’

Dr Jor­dan has said the pro­posed para­medic ser­vice would be free, but Mr Dou­glas an­tic­i­pates charges in the fu­ture.

The coun­cil also voted last Wed­nes­day to continue di­a­logue with a work­ing party set up by Dr Jor­dan and the Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board on the A & M’s fu­ture, and to en­dorse Cr Ana Cof­fey as its work­ing party rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

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