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King gives and takes from Birthcare

Dr Lynda Scott

National Health Spokesperson

20th November 2002

King gives and takes from Birthcare

Health Minister Annette King's award to independent maternity provider Birthcare Parnell today is ironic, says National's Health spokesperson Lynda Scott.

"The Minister is on one hand awarding Birthcare Parnell an honour for being the first baby-friendly hospital, but on the other she has allowed it's North Shore service contract to be axed.

"This excellent facility has just had it's North Shore contract with Waitemata District Health Board cancelled. This removes choice for North Shore women.

"Annette King has set up a system whereby the DHB favours it's own hospital provider in any contract. Public-private partnership is being wiped out in New Zealand's health care delivery system.

"As HFA contracts expire DHBs are not renewing them. It is a short sighted response that does nothing to improve patient care or patient choice," said Dr Scott.

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