Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Wakatipu Health Reference Group pleased with progress

Press release
Wakatipu Health Reference Group pleased with progress.
Monday 18 March, 2013

The Wakatipu Health Reference Group (WHRG) is pleased with what’s been achieved in the last 15 months but there’s plenty more to be done according to Chairperson and Queenstown Lakes District Council Mayor Vanessa van Uden.

The group was established in October 2011 to provide input into the planning of future health services for the Wakatipu and also to monitor the Southern District Health Board’s delivery of 21 recommendations made by the National Health Board.

Nine of the recommendations have been completed with all the others being in progress and in the WHRG’s first annual report released today, the group reports that significant progress has been made in improving the services offered to residents of the Wakatipu Basin.

“More outpatient services are being offered at Lakes District Hospital and local doctors now have an increased ability to undertake work in areas of special interest, reducing the need for patients to travel to see consultants,” Mrs van Uden said.

“Access to CT scanning services has also been improved with a CT scanner to be located at Dunstan Hospital.”

While the group is pleased with the improvements to date, they are monitoring three key areas that they would like to ensure are progressed in the next year.
This includes helping to preserve the structure of the Wakatipu Health Trust, which needs a number of new trustees to continue operating.

“The Wakatipu Health Trust has been invaluable to the community in terms of securing funding to purchase major diagnostic equipment and WHRG needs to focus on finding some community spirited people to help with the challenges of fundraising,” she said.

“This will be one of the key focuses of the WHRG and anyone who is interested in putting themselves forward can talk to any Reference Group member.”

The Wakatipu Health Reference Group consists of

• Mayor Vanessa van Uden – QLDC representative and Chair
• Martin Hawes – Community representative
• Tony Hill – Community representative
• Dr Elinor Slater – Primary care clinicians’ representative
• Dr James Reid – Secondary care clinicians’ representative
• Robert Mackway-Jones – SDHB Executive Director of Finance and Funding in attendance


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news