Saturday, July 13, 2024

Dunedin council ‘encouraged’ by hospital commitments

Dunedin City Council’s Deputy Mayor says she is encouraged by commitments to the New Dunedin Hospital project given by Health Minister, Shane Reti, during a meeting today.

Deputy Mayor, Cherry Lucas met with Dr Reti this afternoon to discuss progress on the New Dunedin Hospital during the Minister’s visit to Dunedin.

Dunedin City Council Deputy Mayor, Cherry Lucas.

“I pressed Dr Reti on whether the government remained committed to its campaign pledge of delivering the New Dunedin Hospital as originally promised,” said Cr Lucas.

“Dr Reti told me the government will deliver everything they promised – beds, operating theatres and the PET scanner, which will be part of the fitout stage – and that he wants to see the new facility built ‘sooner rather than later’.

“I am greatly encouraged by Dr Reti’s commitment today, as our Council expects nothing less than a hospital that meets the needs of our community, now and in the future, and one that is delivered in a timely manner,” she said.

The New Dunedin Hospital is set to benefit generations of people across the Southern region. The state-of-the-art, fit for purpose facility is currently the largest ever health infrastructure investment in New Zealand.

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