DHB assessing options over closure

With the announcement of the closure of the Accident and Emergency centre at Pukekohe Family Health Care running rampant via social media, the Post Newspaper contacted the local MP, Andrew Bayly, for a comment. He has since issued a media statement on the closure. 

 “Pukekohe Family Health Care is a privately-owned business which has today announced that it intends to close its A & M services effective 1 July. The reason for this closure is not linked to money. It is, in fact, because of the increasing difficulties Pukekohe Family Health Care have had in recruiting and retaining doctors to cover the A & E hours of operation.”

 “Pukekohe Family Health Care will continue to provide normal GP operations thereafter but will increase its hours of operation for its own enrolled patients from 8.00am to 7.00pm five days a week (currently only provided two days a week) and from 8.00am – 12.00pm on Saturday mornings. In addition, enrolled patients will continue to have access to a 24/7 triage service whereby patients can receive advice from an experienced nurse.”

 “The three Auckland DHBs have been working for some time on a programme to recruit new A & M providers across the Auckland region. I understand that this procurement process will be launched imminently. The DHB is currently assessing how to bridge the gap from 1 July to the date of the new arrangement. Already one local medical practitioner has expressed an interest in providing A & M services on an interim basis.”

“I have personally received an assurance from the Counties Manukau DHB CEO, Geraint Martin, that the DHB understands the growth our community is facing and the important role that after hours care plays in keeping our community safe and healthy. Counties Manukau DHB will update the community in due course on progress.”