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Reduction In Activity For DHB Goes Ahead

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Reduction In Activity For DHB Goes Ahead

Wellington, June 21 NZPA - A "planned reduction in activity" has gone ahead this week as the Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) tries to save money.

Some elective surgeries and non-essential support services would not be scheduled for this week and some staff had been asked to take annual leave, starting from today.

A CCDHB Board spokesman told NZPA there would be a reduction in activity at both Wellington and Kenepuru hospitals but that it was "complicated".

"People need to be given an appointment for elective surgeries and some haven't been given an appointment for this week, but some elective surgeries will still go ahead."

The spokesman said it would not be possible to quantify the cutbacks until the week was over and staff had returned to work.

Elective surgeries at Kenepuru Hospital, in Porirua, had been moved to Wellington Hospital to minimise disruption to patients.

CCDHB chief operating officer Shaun Drummond earlier reported the DHB's hospital and health service was $2.7 million over its budgeted deficit of $53m.

Labour health spokeswoman Ruth Dyson told The Dominion Post newspaper today that the move came at a time when the hospital was already under pressure from admissions from winter illnesses.

But CCDHB executive director of surgery Delwyn Hunter said there would be minimal impact on patients.

"Staff leave has been planned and managed to ensure appropriate staffing is maintained at all times. We are confident that reducing some non-essential services will not compromise patient care."

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