New Health Services Plan in Queenstown
During a public meeting in a Queenstown resort on Wednesday, the Southern District Health Board has proposed to cut down the costs by way of reducing the number of doctors working at Lakes District hospital. This way they have also forced the patients to visit their General Practitioners for non-urgent treatment.
However, till now, no final decision has been made on this controversial change towards the health services delivered in Queenstown.
It has been also outlined by the DHB that an integrated family health clinic would be developed here and in this clinic all the emergency department services will be offered to the patients alongside private GPs.
Perhaps, as told by the board's Chief Executive, Brian Rousseau, till now no such plans have been finalized on the integrated model. And few more details are required by the community to make a final call.
In a way to criticize this proposal, around 500 people, mostly senior residents packed the City Impact Church, in Frankton, last night. They have asked the DHB Chief Executive to present the board's concept of an Integrated Family Health Centre (IFHC). Also, after a question and answer session, Dr Nigel Thompson criticized that there does not exist sufficient details and figures to make decisions on the proposal, and thus asked for the same.
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