Taranaki DHBMonday 29 November 2010, 5:23PM
Media release from Taranaki DHB
Taranaki District Health Board (Taranaki DHB) and the National
Ambulance Sector Office (NASO) have been working together to find
an alternate provider for Ambulance Services in the Taranaki
Currently Taranaki District Health Board is one of only two
District Health Boards in New Zealand who provide Ambulance
services for their region. Ambulance services around the rest of
New Zealand are primarily provided by Non-Government Organisations
We are pleased to confirm that St John Ambulance has been
identified as a preferred candidate to provide these services in
the Taranaki region. The National Ambulance Sector Office and
Taranaki DHB are working with St John through the necessary and
appropriate steps prior to the planned transition date of 1
NASO, who coordinate Ministry of Health and ACC funding for
emergency ambulance services, has worked with Taranaki DHB to
undertake a robust and transparent tender process to secure an
alternative provider for both emergency ambulance services and
patient transport services.
The responses received were heartening, showing that New Zealanders
continue to be served by ambulance providers who are dedicated to a
quality ambulance service.
NASO is pleased with the strength of St John's proposal, which
provided reassurance of a continued excellent ambulance service in
the Taranaki region.
St John Chief Executive, Jaimes Wood, said "St John is delighted
with the confidence the government has shown in St John by
entrusting us with the provision of ambulance services to the
"The current ambulance service has provided well for local Taranaki
communities and we are committed to delivering service that equally
serves the community as well."
"We are focused on working closely with Taranaki ambulance staff to
keep them informed and updated. Our Operations Director and I
will be in Taranaki this afternoon to talk with ambulance staff and
we're looking forward to working alongside them.
"St John will retain existing staff, making sure we use their
skilled resources to ensure complete consistency over the
transition period, said Mr Wood.
"Together, we will put in place a thorough transition plan which
will ensure continuity of services and public safety for the people