Presbyterian Support Otago may fight loss

02:19, Feb 01 2013

The Presbyterian Support Otago board says it is prepared to file for an interim injunction against the Southern District Health Board in relation to the loss of its home support services throughout the region.

Meanwhile, Presbyterian Support Otago wants to explore all options to seek resolution and has agreed to take up health board chairman Joe Butterfield's offer for a meeting between the chairs and chief executives of both organisations next week, and the provision for Presbyterian Support Otago to make a submission to the health board meeting on Friday, February 8.

"We are also awaiting compliance with Official Information Act requests due next week to provide a fuller picture," Presbyterian Support Otago board chairman Frazer Barton said.

"The basis of the legal action is wider than merely challenging the tendering process and sits at the heart of SDHB obligations under the Public Health & Disability Act in respect of planning and consultation," he added.

A petition of nearly 13,000 signatories will be presented to the health board at next week's meeting.

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