March 19, 2014
Cunliffe promises after-hours care review
Labour leader David Cunliffe is endorsing a campaign by the Waipareira Trust for its members to use the accident and emergency department at Waitakere Hospital for after hours care.
Waipareira chair John Tamihere says fees of up to $92 are too much for the community.
Mr Cunliffe says as the local MP he has campaigned for years against the fact that people in west Auckland don’t have full after hours public health care.
Along with then-fellow MPs Mr Tamihere and Chris Carter he successfully pushed for the redevelopment of Waitakere Hospital.
"But it isn’t a full service outlet just yet, and for that reason spill-over and some primary care services have got sent to White Cross, and I’m sure they do a good job, I’m not knocking them, but by crikey those fees are high and we are very uncomfortable with that so I can tell you now, if we get to be the Government I am going to ask my team to do a full review of after hours services because I just do not think people can afford those prices, specially not out west," Mr Cunliffe says.
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