Leggett wades into health row

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Porirua mayor Nick Leggett has weighed into a stoush be­tween two com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions, ask­ing the health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment min­is­ters to step in, too.

Pa­cific Health Ser­vices’ elec­tric­ity was cut on Mon­day last week af­ter a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the ser­vice and provider Gen­e­sis En­ergy. Ser­vice staff said they were told it could be re­con­nected only with the per­mis­sion of the Whanau Cen­tre, which owns the build­ing.

The Whanau Cen­tre has asked the ser­vice to leave the long-time base at the end of Novem­ber and the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two or­gan­i­sa­tions has de­te­ri­o­rated quickly.

Pa­cific Health Ser­vices has said that, de­spite re­peated re­quests, the Whanau Cen­tre would not help it get the power re­con­nected.

Leggett has writ­ten to Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall, call­ing on him to con­tact govern­ment fun­ders of the Whanau Cen­tre and ask them to di­rect man­age­ment to re­in­state the power.

‘‘I am sure you will agree with me that it is un­ac­cept­able for two Govern­ment-funded com­mu­nity en­ti­ties pro­vid­ing pub­lic ser­vices to be in this sit­u­a­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘Porirua people are en­ti­tled to a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in the pub­lic ser­vices they re­ceive in the com­mu­nity, and this sit­u­a­tion is forc­ing the provider in­volved to fall short in its abil­ity to deliver a stan­dard that is ac­cept­able.’’

Leggett sent a sim­i­lar let­ter to So­cial De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Paula Ben­nett.

Pa­cific Health Ser­vices, the Whanau Cen­tre and Gen­e­sis En­ergy have dif­fer­ent ideas about how the sit­u­a­tion could be re­solved.

Pa­cific Health Ser­vices chief ex­ec­u­tive Eleni Ma­son said staff had called Gen­e­sis more than once and been told the Whanau Cen­tre needed to give per­mis­sion for it to be re­con­nected.

Whanau Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Liz Kelly said Gen­e­sis told her the elec­tric­ity was cut at the re­quest of Pa­cific Health Ser­vices, and it was the ser­vice that needed to re­quest re­con­nec­tion.

Gen­e­sis En­ergy spokesman Richard Gor­don said it had fol­lowed Pa­cific Health Ser­vices’ in­struc­tions to dis­con­nect the ac­count and it was a sim­ple mat­ter of a phone call from Pa­cific Health Ser­vices to get it re­con­nected.

Ma­son said the Bed­ford Court of­fices were still open, al­beit with­out power, and any pa­tients who needed to be seen were be­ing taken to a GP clinic nearby.

The ser­vice was work­ing to get a sec­ond­storey of­fice space nearby up and run­ning.

Nick Leggett: calls for min­is­te­rial in­put.

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