Ma­ter­nity plan re­lease de­layed


The re­lease of a re­view into ma­ter­nity ser­vices in the lower South Is­land has been de­layed by the South­ern District Health Board un­til mid to late June.

The DHB’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of strat­egy, pri­mary and com- mu­nity, Lisa Ge­stro, said a lot of in­ter­est had been gen­er­ated by the re­view, par­tic­u­larly the South­ern Ma­ter­nity Sys­tem of Care Pro­posal which was re­leased for fi­nal re­view on March 6.

‘‘We’ve re­ceived a large amount of thought­ful in­put and we greatly ap­pre­ci­ate that peo­ple have pro­vided their feed­back,’’ Ge­stro said.

‘‘We’ve also taken this time to seek ex­tra clin­i­cal as­sur­ance and con­duct fi­nal due dili­gence of poli­cies re­lat­ing to the ser­vices.

‘‘There’s also been the govern­ment’s bud­get and its an­nounce­ment of new fund­ing for mid­wifery, pri­mary care, and DHBs to con­sider.’’

Ge­stro said the board had de­cided to post­pone re­leas­ing the fi­nal pri­mary ma­ter­nity plan, to en­sure it ad­e­quately re­viewed and eval­u­ated all the avail­able in­for­ma­tion.

Ge­stro apol­o­gised de­lay in pro­vid­ing de­ci­sion. for the a fi­nal

Lisa Ge­stro, South­ern District Health Board ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for strat­egy, pri­mary and com­mu­nity.

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