Proposed cut ‘unacceptable’

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Proposed funding cuts to health services will mean Oamaru Hospital will get nearly $1.5 million less than it should this year, Waitaki District Health Services Ltd chairman George Berry says.

The Southern District Health Board (SDHB) recently announced a proposed 5% funding cut to rural hospital services, including the Waitaki District Health Services Ltd (WDHS) as part of its strategic plan.

Mr Berry said WDHS had sent a very detailed letter to the SDHB spelling out how the cuts will affect Oamaru Hospital’s services, following a meeting two weeks ago.

By Ruby Harfield

PHOTO: RUBY HARFIELD – Waitaki District Health Services chief executive Robert Gonzales outside the Oamaru Hospital.

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