Dunedin Labour MPs support Presbyterian Support Otago
MP for Dunedin North
4th February 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Dunedin Labour MPs have called on the Southern District Health Board to reassess their decision to exclude Presbyterian Services Otago from their list of providers of home help services for the elderly.
Clare Curran, MP for Dunedin South and her colleague David Clark, MP for Dunedin North have written to each board member before the board meets in Dunedin this Friday. “Presbyterian Support Otago has been serving the Dunedin and Otago communities for generations, not only in the provision of home support services but through multiple programmes which support our most vulnerable and make Dunedin a better place to live” says Curran
“The SDHB has declined to engage in discussions to help the community understand their decision, as representatives of the local community we are calling on them to engage with those affected and consider including PSO as a fourth provider as allowed by the contract
“Clients and workers deserve their voice to be heard as do members of the community which has long been served by Presbyterian Support. A fair and transparent process is needed to ensure the best outcome of all involved, in this case the DHB has not done that and is continuing to decline to engage with PSO and other interested parties says Clark
urge them to keep community at the forefront of this
decision and to consider the wider ramifications of the
change in contract. Dunedin deserves a locally based and
knowledgeable provider and we believe PSO should be
reconsidered to be a part of the DHBs system for supporting
elderly residents in their homes.