Porirua City CouncilFriday 07 September 2012, 2:33PM
Media release from Porirua City Council
Porirua residents will want a strong voice in the discussion about
the future of the Kenepuru After-Hours Accident & Medical
service, say the city's Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
Mayor Nick Leggett and Deputy Mayor Liz Kelly have jointly
requested that Capital and Coast District Health Board outline its
timeline and proposals before making any decisions on changes to
"I've written to Virginia Hope the chair of the Capital and Coast
DHB thanking her for the openness in this discussion so far," says
Mayor Leggett. "But the community and the council need details of
what is being proposed and we need to hear it before a decision is
Deputy Mayor Liz Kelly says she is concerned that a 'roving'
paramedic team will be combined with a similar service in the
Kapiti Coast and will cover Peka Peka to Churton Park.
"While I understand this service works well in Kapiti you can't
tell me that paramedics based up there will be able to respond
quickly to the after hours needs of communities in our city."
Clr Kelly says that the council is positive about any service that
offers better care for Porirua residents.
"We need to understand the detail with this proposal so that we can
ask the questions our communities will be demanding."
Mayor Leggett has invited Capital and Coast Health to a council
committee meeting once a full proposal is developed so discussions
can take place in a public forum and he is hopeful residents have a
chance to participate in the public debate.
"As I have said, I think it's important we approach this with an
open mind. But all groups in our community deserve a chance to have
their questions answered. It is the Council's job to ensure that