Health board dis­putes story

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board is dis­ap­pointed by the un­bal­anced and in­cor­rect ar­ti­cle that was pub­lished about Kenepuru Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal (July 23), es­pe­cially af­ter lengthy dis­cus­sions be­tween our com­mu­ni­ca­tions team and the act­ing edi­tor, in which as­sur­ances were given by the act­ing edi­tor that the story by the jour­nal­ist would not run in its cur­rent form.

To then read that the ar­ti­cle con­tained two case ex­am­ples, when we were only asked to comment on one, only adds to the fac­tual er­rors you printed.

We do not con­sider it ap­pro­pri­ate for us to dis­cuss de­tailed health in­for­ma­tion in a pub­lic fo­rum.

We have a for­mal com­plaints process and we will al­ways in­ves­ti­gate a pa­tient’s con­cerns and talk to them di­rectly, pro­vid­ing them with a de­tailed over­view of the out­come of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Af­ter re­view­ing the file and talk­ing to key clin­i­cal staff mem­bers, the Dis­trict Health Board is con­fi­dent there was no mis­di­ag­no­sis in the case of the child who had hand, foot and mouth dis­ease.

He was treated based on the pre­sen­ta­tion at the time.

Your sec­ond case was never re­ferred to us for comment.

The Ac­ci­dent & Med­i­cal Cen­tre lo­cated at Kenepuru Hos­pi­tal has a team of very tal­ented and ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who work Edi­tor’s note: No such as­sur­ances were given by the act­ing edi­tor. The Dis­trict Health Board claims the story con­tained fac­tual er­rors, but has not named any. KapiMana News stands by the story.

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