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What's good for Nelson should be good for all

Simon Power and Tony Ryall - National Party Members of Parliament

12 January 2005

What's good for Nelson should be good for all

National Members of Parliament Simon Power and Tony Ryall want to know if a promise from ACC to retain the Nelson rescue helicopter will be extended to other districts.

In December, ACC recommended changes to the operation of rescue helicopter services in rural areas. The changes could see the number of rescue helicopters in provincial and rural areas cut dramatically.

Today ACC gave the people of Nelson an assurance that their rescue helicopter would not be among the casualties.

Mr Power says this looks very much like a token gesture in response to a public campaign.

"But keeping one helicopter where many more are at stake will not make the problem go away."

"Reducing the number of rescue helicopters reduces the number of rescues that will occur on time. It will put lives at risk by increasing the isolation of rural people to essential health services," says Mr Ryall.

"The public reaction to this has been phenomenal with petitions and outcry in all centres."

Both Mr Ryall and Mr Power have been actively involved in campaigns in their electorates.

"The Government must take our concerns on board and provide the same assurances to our communities," say the Members of Parliament.

ENDS

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