Government Cutting Lumsden Maternity Services

Aug 10, 2018
1546 Views

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says the Government’s decision to downgrade the Lumsden Maternity Centre to a non-birthing unit puts mothers and babies at risk.

“What we know is that delays in getting to maternity care compromises outcomes and could put babies and mothers at greater risk. This is a risk that the Government is forcing on Clutha-Southland mothers by cutting services at Lumsden.

“When this centre closes mothers may have to travel up to 130km to give birth because this Government would not listen to the serious concerns raised by our community. This is just wrong.

“This Government talked a huge game in Opposition, talking about ‘restoring health services’ and yet all they have done is downsize critical care centres and put less money in the health sector this year than the previous National Government did last year.

“This decision to downgrade the Lumsden Maternity Hospital to a non-birthing unit is a kick in the guts to Southland and rural New Zealand, especially after they chose to prioritise $2.8 billion for tertiary students fees free and $3 billion for Shane Jones’ slush fund.

“Population growth in the region is only increasing and will continue, especially with the new 1000 odd housing development planned for Kingston. This will only increase our need for maternity services close to home.

“If population growth projections haven’t been taken into account by the DHB, they absolutely should have been. When we get the opportunity we will revisit this decision to ensure the people of the Lumsden and Central Southland have the maternity services that their population requires.

“Our community won’t give up on Lumsden and I will do everything I can to work towards maintaining the maternity services that we have.

“National’s spokesperson for Health, Michael Woodhouse and I will be meeting with the directors of the Maternity Centre on Monday to support the push for the continuation of the full maternity services at Lumsden.

“The importance of this centre is recognised by all of Southland and I will continue to have discussions with the directors and wider community for options going forward. We will not let this service be cut without a fight.”

You may be interested

Cycling Showdown For Double Header Calder Stewart Weekend
News, Sports
522 views
News, Sports
522 views

Cycling Showdown For Double Header Calder Stewart Weekend

Sports Hub - Oct 20, 2018

The elite men’s race is shaping up as a showdown between New Zealand’s best domestic based riders and a number…

Sport Southland Take On Coast To Coast
News, Sports
146 views
News, Sports
146 views

Sport Southland Take On Coast To Coast

Nathan Burdon - southlandsport.com - Oct 20, 2018

Sport Southland staff members will put themselves well and truly out of their comfort zone during next year’s Kathmandu Coast…

Big Karting Weekend Ahead
Motor Sport, News
607 views
Motor Sport, News
607 views

Big Karting Weekend Ahead

Motor Hub - Oct 20, 2018

South Island Sprint Kart Championships title time again with events in Invercargill over Labour Weekend. South Island Sprint title meeting…