Mayor urges after-hours public meeting
Any change in the way after hours services work in Porirua needs to have input from the community at a meeting, the cities leaders say.
Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and deputy mayor Liz Kelly are calling on Capital and Coast District Health Board to present any proposals to the council at a public meeting before pushing ahead with any change – an opportunity being welcomed by the health providers.
But, the CCDHB also stressed that it was still a concept, and a detailed proposal was yet to come.
A working group involving GPs, health providers, consumers and community representatives is looking at whether to close the accident and medical clinic at Kenepuru Hospital from 10pm to 8am.
Roving paramedics would instead treat after hours patients.
Mr Leggett said today that he had heard from many members of the public who were concerned about the potential change.
He was waiting for more information before forming a view on the idea, he said.
‘‘My job is to advocate for a better level of service than we currently have and that’s what I’ll be looking for.’’
However, the public had to be ensured a strong voice in the discussion, he said.
‘‘It’s really important that there’s some quite close community engagement, and the council sees itself as quite a key part of that.’’
CCDHB chief operating officer Chris Lowry said they would be happy to consult with both the council and community.
"It has always been our intention to work with the Porirua community and Porirua City Council and seek their input in developing how a new service could work.
"However, at this stage we are still in the early stages of planning and only once the concept is further developed can we then look to consult with the community so that they have a clearer picture of what the proposal might look like."
The concept is based on pilot schemes in Kapiti and Horowhenua.
The Dominion Post