Queen Mary Hospital has been saved by DOC - why?
Alliance Party asks why Queen Mary Hospital has been saved
by DOC - but for what purpose?
Alliance Party Media
Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Wednesday, October 22,
Alliance Party Health Spokesperson Tom Dowie is
disappointed that the Department of Conservation isn't in
the job of conserving our drug and alcohol treatment
The government has announced that the
Department of Conservation is the new owner of the historic
buildings at the Queen Mary Hospital site in Hamner Springs.
"While on the surface this may seem great, the Alliance
asks as to what are the buildings going to be used for?
Flash huts for those tramping through the Hamner forests? A
place to show videos of the great outdoors to visitors in?"
says Mr Dowie.
Mr Dowie feels that this is a huge
waste of one of the finest treatment facilities in the
"Over 35,000 Kiwis have been through that centre
and have gone on to lead productive and fulfilling lives. To
turn it into an outdoor education centre when every day we
are bombarded with evidence of the 'P' and other drug crime
epidemics bombarding our country is barmy to say the
Mr Dowie argues that with the Alliance
Party's dedicated 1% Health Levy, the extra $900 million
raised from it will ensure that there is enough money to
re-open the Queen Mary facility.
"Previous media reports
have shown that lack of facilities and access to proper drug
rehabilitation treatment costs the country over $283 million
in drug related crime. It cost nowhere near that amount to
operate the facility and the value to the families and
friends of those lives saved and changed by Queen Mary
cannot be counted in dollar terms," he
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