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Good Health Wanganui Struggling Under Labour Govt

National has obtained information that reveals Good Health Wanganui is struggling under the Labour Government, Rangitikei MP Simon Power said today.

"Good Health Wanganui has been short-changed by the new Government. It's had a funding cut and staff are under pressure because of the Government's health restructuring.

"Information obtained under the Official Information Act reveals that the hospital estimates it's getting $350,000 less this year than last year.

"Good Health Wanganui also says staff are struggling.

"We've had major concerns that another round of health restructuring means extra costs and bureaucracy and staff diverted from delivering health care.

"Good Health Wanganui has confirmed this is a big problem.

"The CEO says life is hectic trying to manage Good Health Wanganui and cover all the District Health Board restructuring work as well. She states "CEO's and Senior Managers are struggling to say the least".

"They're having to work under trying conditions. The uncertainties connected with the health restructuring, combined with not knowing what would happen to pay under the Employment Relations Act or how much to budget for District Helath Board transition costs is making it hard for Good Health Wanganui.

"The Minister of Health has tried to ignore the problems with her restructuring and her failure to deliver major increases in health funding.

"She must explain to the people of the Wanganui-Rangitikei region what she is going to do to fix the problems."


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