Panel on track to fix health services

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Health experts charged with finding an answer to Wakatipu’s longstanding healthcare headaches say they’re on track to meet their deadline. 

Independent specialists appointed by the Government’s National Health Board have been assessing existing information and getting public input over the past few weeks before they present their findings for a local “solution” to Southern District Health Board on August 5. 

Ahead of the second local public forum at Queenstown Lakes District Council tomorrow, panel chairman Dr Peter Foley says research is going well. 

“As long as the community helps us – and if anyone’s got an opinion they’ve told us. 

“It won’t work if they come and tell us afterwards. We’re being well-received because of our honesty and openness. The people we’ve met with understand we don’t have a fixed agenda.” 

Foley adds: “There’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes.” 

His panel will be at council chambers from 10am-12.30pm tomorrow to talk to people about hospital services. 

Next Friday’s session, at the same place but from 12.30-2.30pm, focuses on general practice and community health services.