Cunliffe slams health board over birthing unit

Last updated 13:36 10/07/2014
David Cunliffe
David Cunliffe

Relevant offers

Health

Costly bill to fluoridate Christchurch's water, councillor says Junior doctors strike action will be felt long-term in Southland Junior doctors' strike: 'nauseous and shaky' after working nearly 24-hours straight Hundreds wait for appointments as junior doctor strike begins Children and cancer patients among those delayed treatment in strike Norovirus outbreak in Nelson Lakes National Park contained, DOC says Time for James Bond films to quit smoking, scientists say Surgery rescheduled as junior doctors strike for safer working hours More than 600 Canterbury patients affected by second doctors' strike 'If you are hurting, wear the ribbon': Grieving parents launch yellow ribbons to help prevent more deaths

Labour Party leader David Cunliffe had harsh words for the Waikato District Health Board over its decision to stop operating the Rhoda Read birthing unit in Morrinsville.

He was speaking to midwives from Te Aroha and Morrinsville who have been affected by the decision. The DHB announced the decision earlier this year after lengthy consultations, but has left the door open to other providers to operate the facility.

According to midwife Selena Berry, the provider would be expected to offer the same level of care and facilities, but at half the cost.

Cunliffe described these expectations as "wacky accounting" on the DHB's part. "There is something wrong with this DHB."

MP Sue Moroney said the health system was not getting the funding it needed and the DHB was looking at how it could save money.

Ad Feedback

- Waikato

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should fluoride in water be the responsibility of central government?

Yes

No

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content