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Govt Won't Commit Funding For Northland Health

23 July 2002

Govt Won't Commit Funding To Solve Northland Health Crisis

The Government must assure Northlanders that it will back up its claim to have solved the Northland Health crisis with cold hard cash, National Health Spokesperson Roger Sowry said today.

"Annette King can't claim to have solved the problems until she puts pen to paper and guarantees this board is funded for the two anaesthetists and the paediatric doctor it needs.

"These problems are in no way solved when the board can't afford to pay staff, and there is no permanent solution for the people of Northland.

"Annette King is claiming her intervention has solved problems at Northland, but there are still restrictions to maternity services, and the short-term reinstatement of surgery at Kaitaia and a midwife at Dargeville have no permanency.

"Northland Health is facing an operating deficit of $5 million. It cannot afford to pay an extra $400,000 for the staff required to get over its current health crisis," Mr Sowry said.


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