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DHB Election Shows Concern About Cuts In Health

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DHB Election Shows Concern About Cuts In Health

The Capital and Coast District Health Board has elected two new members, sending a clear message of concern from Wellingtonians that cuts in health spending are hurting. David Choat is one of two newly elected members of the Board and stood under the banner of Care not Cuts. "It was clear to me that this election was about the adequacy of government funding for the Capital and Coast DHB and whether the board was willing to take a stand on this. Outgoing chief executive Ken Whelan warned Wellington that any further savings would 'cut into muscle'.

"My platform of 'care not cuts' clearly resonated with a number of Wellington voters who are worried about the impact of funding cuts. As a board member, I will keep faith with my campaign promises and remain committed to opposing any service cuts. "There is important work for the board to get on with in mounting a firm but constructive case to government for a better funding deal. Just this week the government-appointed board chair, who is also leaving, highlighted the structural deficit around the new regional hospital as the main outstanding issue facing the DHB. "I am looking forward to working with other Board members to ensure accessible quality public services throughout the Capital and Coast region." David Choat said.

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