Ru­mours of hos­pi­tal kitchen clo­sure — chair­man re­sponds

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - DANIEL BIRCHFIELD daniel.birchfield@odt.co.nz

WAITAKI Dis­trict Health Ser­vices chair­man Chris Swann has quashed spec­u­la­tion the kitchen at Oa­maru Hos­pi­tal will close.

How­ever, Mr Swann did con­firm that while a ‘‘re­view’’ is on­go­ing no de­ci­sion had been made on how it would op­er­ate in the fu­ture, or if food prepa­ra­tion would be out­sourced.

He de­scribed it as a wider re­view of the ‘‘pro­vi­sion of the ser­vices’’ at the hos­pi­tal.

The kitchen area, which em­ployed about eight staff, was also part of a sec­ond re­view that is fo­cus­ing on the lay­out of the hos­pi­tal.

Mr Swann said it was im­port­ ant pa­tients were pro­vided with nu­tri­tious food of a qual­ity stan­dard, re­gard­less of where it was pre­pared.

While he had not eaten food cooked at the hos­pi­tal him­self, feed­back from pa­tients about the qual­ity of the food served at the hos­pi­tal had been col­lated and was gen­er­ally pos­i­tive.

A con­sul­ta­tion process, which will close on Tues­day, was un­der way with hos­pi­tal staff as part of the re­view, which also in­volved union rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mr Swann said a de­ci­sion would be made once that in­for­ma­tion had been re­viewed.

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