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Govt must move on ChildFlight funding


Govt must move on ChildFlight funding

It's inexcusable that the sick children of the Auckland region could end up paying the price for the Government's Mickey Mouse funding of the ChildFlight Trust, says National Party Health spokeswoman Dr Lynda Scott.

"The Trust that handles air ambulance flights for sick kids should not be forced to rely on the scraps thrown to it by the Government.

"The public now see ChildFlight as an essential service and generous sponsors shouldn't be expected to pick up the tab either," says Dr Scott.

"There are also real fears about what the withdrawal of pokies funding will do to the uncertain future of Auckland's Westpac Trust rescue helicopter.

"Our biggest city needs the best air ambulance services it can get and the Government should now be moving to make sure ChildFlight is not lost," Dr Scott says.

It's the only service dedicated to transporting sick children with specialist staff and equipment from around New Zealand to the Starship and National Women's Hospitals.

"It's another crazy example of Labour's flawed District Health Board system.

"Instead of a co-ordinated national service, we have the country split up into 21 isolated and quite separate regions.

"There are services that need to be run at a local level, but surely the provision of an air ambulance for children, should be guaranteed by the Government.

"At the very least, Labour should be offering an interim life-line to keep the service alive while long term funding is sorted out.

"There is no compromise, Annette King must not allow these services to be lost to the people of Auckland or New Zealand," Dr Scott says.


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