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Nom­i­na­tions open for sports­peo­ple

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A hunt is on for the Waikato’s top sports­peo­ple and of­fi­cials in all cor­ners of the district. Nom­i­na­tions are open for the 2014 Waikato District Sports Awards. Sport Waikato com­mu­nity sport man­ager Roseanne Mur­ray said it was up to the com­mu­nity to make sure de­serv­ing sports­peo­ple were ac­knowl­edged. ‘‘Th­ese awards are an op­por­tu­nity for our peo­ple to recog­nise their team-mates, friends and fam­ily for what they’ve achieved through­out the year. Nom­i­na­tions are open un­til Oc­to­ber 10 so there’s plenty of time and I re­ally en­cour­age the com­mu­nity to think about those who de­serve recog­ni­tion and take the time to make a nom­i­na­tion,’’ Mur­ray said. Changes to the way com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies dis­pense med­i­ca­tion is hoped to al­le­vi­ate fi­nan­cial pres­sures on the Waikato District Health Board. Over the past two years the health board has in­cre­mented changes in the fund­ing struc­ture to all 76 com­mu­nity phar­ma­cies in Waikato. The scheme now funds based on the level of care and sup­port a pa­tient needs. The pur­poses of the changes were to iden­tify which pa­tients were ei­ther not tak­ing pre­scribed med­i­ca­tions or cherry pick­ing which med­i­ca­tions they would and would not have filled. De­spite the fund­ing model show­ing clear sav­ings a re­view of the na­tional sys­tem was ranked 8 out of 10 by Deloitte for its or­gan­i­sa­tional com­plex­ity.

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