Cost of Havelock North gastro outbreak tops $2.7million

The Havelock North gastro outbreak has cost the Hawke's Bay DHB $766,000 to date.
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The Havelock North gastro outbreak has cost the Hawke's Bay DHB $766,000 to date.

The Havelock North gastro outbreak has cost the Hawke's Bay District Health Board $766,000 to date, meaning the event has so far cost the region a total of at least $2.7million.

The health board was the latest to release its costs to date, following Hastings District Council and Hawke's Bay District Health Board releasing theirs earlier this week.

Board ceo Kevin Snee said the costs covered staff sickness and cover, clinical supplies, hydration management, surveys, administration costs, lab and legal expenses.

Hastings ratepayers are paying dearly for the gastro outbreak that hit Havelock North last August.
MARTY SHARPE/ FAIRFAX NZ

Hastings ratepayers are paying dearly for the gastro outbreak that hit Havelock North last August.

The costs were expected to rise and the board was talking to the Health Ministry to see if it could recoup some of the costs. 

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The district council has spent $855,000 to date. This included $271,000 readying itself for the abandoned gastro prosecution by the regional council.

The prosecution, which delayed the Government Inquiry and angered the inquiry panel, was later withdrawn and replaced with the issuing of two infringement fines of $500 each.

The regional council has spent $445,000 on its investigation into the district council and a further $637,310 on the Government Inquiry to date. 

The Government Inquiry begins in Hastings on Monday.

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