Health Board Decides to Stop Levin Downgrade

MidCentral District Health Board has been encouraged by strong community opposition to hang up its plans to cut in- patient beds at Horowhenua Health Centre. A rally has been staged by 200 nurses and elderly local people against the proposal of the board to downgrade the Levin centre’s 24 assessment, rehabilitation beds to elder healthcare and treatment.

The Horowhenua District Council's chamber was jammed when Nurses carried a coffin down the town's main street in opposition to the proposal and later on they were joined by more than 100 elderly residents, urging the boards to save the beds

Nurses carried a coffin down the town's main street in opposition to the proposal and were joined by more than 100 elderly people, who jammed the Horowhenua District Council's chamber and foyer, urging the board to save the beds.

In response to their propaganda, board said yesterday that it had decided to suspend axing the ATR beds after considering staff and community feedback, primary healthcare projects and the National Health Board's support for its financial recovery programme, which means the $1.2 million to be saved by the bed reconfiguration would not be achieved in 2010-11.

"It means continuation of the status quo at the centre in the meantime," Board Chief Executive Murray Georgel said. The ATR beds would be suspended until the new centre is in place.