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Whanganui better off, says Hodgson

Chester Borrows
National Party MP

Whanganui better off, says Hodgson

National Party MP for Whanganui Chester Borrows says Health Minister Pete Hodgson has washed his hands of any responsibility for Whanganui DHB.

The DHB is facing a staffing crisis in obstetrics and child health services.

In Parliament today, Mr Hodgson said Whanganui DHB was no worse off than any other and, if anything, it was better off because it had the prospect of a new $30 million hospital.

"The Government has a responsibility to assist the DHB in obtaining specialist services," says Mr Borrows.

"In response to written questions about the crisis, the Minister has repeatedly refused to be drawn on Ministry responsibility and says it is a DHB matter.

"The DHB, the local council and the community are trying to work together to get through this without further compromising levels of care.

"Instead of wishing the DHB luck and then washing his hands of it, Mr Hodgson might like to take some ownership of this issue and admit that it's his Government's fault that New Zealand has a critical shortage of medical professionals in a number of specialities.

"The people of Wanganui ought to be appalled at the Health Minister's dismissal of their situation. They deserve better,” says Mr Borrows.


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