Tasman Leader : August 1st 2013
9 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 1, 2013 NEWS Nelson Marlborough District Health Board www.nmdhb.govt.nz Nelson (03) 546 1800 or Wairau (03) 520 9999 August DISTRICT HEALTH BOARD FINANCES The 2012/13 financial year has concluded very well for the DHB and while it has been a very challenging year staff are congratulated on the outcome. is year s World Breastfeeding Week from 1 to 7 August has the theme Breastfeeding Support: Close To Mothers . e DHB supports local Mum 4 Mum breastfeeding support groups to answer questions and provide both phone and home visiting to assist new mums and their babies. e key to successful breastfeeding practices is continued day-to- day support for the breastfeeding mother by her whanau/family, midwives, nurses, peer support and lactation consultants. Breastfeeding Specialist Clinics (free) Marlborough (03) 520 9979 and Nelson (03) 539 1170 Mum4Mum whaea ki te whaea breastfeeding support service: Nelson phone/text (021) 277 2098 or email email@example.com Motueka phone (03) 528 0234 or phone/ text (021) 0297 1506 QUALITY AWARDS e Health Quality and Innovation Awards will be held for the third time this year with entries opening on 19 August and closing on 4 October. Entry is open to all health providers whose services are funded by Nelson Marlborough DHB, and all NMDHB sta . e awards are designed to encourage excellence in health research, clinical care, innovation, and service delivery across NMDHB health providers. e $5,000 in prize money for the 2013 awards has been donated by the Nelson Marlborough Hospitals CharitableTrust. Preliminary nancial results show the DHB has made a loss of $2.931 million (0.7% of revenue), this was slightly ahead of the forecast, and $5.4 million ahead the position in late 2012 early 2013. e DHB also met the target of having no patients waiting longer than 5 months for First Specialist Assessments, or for surgery. e challenge will now be to meet the 4 month target by the end of 2014. e National Health Board are pleased with DHB progress, and have con dence in the Board, management, and sta . e DHB has been upgraded from "Intensive Monitoring Deteriorating" to "Intensive Monitoring Improving", with meetings reduced from monthly to bimonthly. DHB Board meeting 1pm Tuesday, 27 August Support Services Meeting Room 1 Wairau Hospital Blenheim- Community Public Health and Disability Advisory Committee meeting 9.30am. All Welcome. see www.nmdhb.govt.nz for agendas and minutes BREASTFEEDING WEEK SEDDON EARTHQUAKES Staff and management have been acknowledged for their response to the recent earthquakes. Wairau Hospital staff in particular have shown resilience and perseverance in the challenges they have faced. It has been a very busy time and it is commendable the way everyone is working together to ensure continued access to services. Information also on facebook/breastfeedingnz facebook/LLLNZ choose your midwife www.fndyourmidwife.co.nz HEALTH Country roads to feel cuts Trouble looms By HELEN MURDOCH Drivers using Tasman s rural roads will be the first to notice the impact of the natio- nal cap on regional road financing which stems from the Government s focus on population- based funding for significant state highways. Already the district council has reduced road- side mowing. But spreading less gravel less often, less frequent grading and using alternative products to gravel are also being explored. A reduced schedule of repair and maintenance of sealed roads and a strict prioritisation of work is likely to follow if the NZ Transport Agency continues to cap regional road funding at the cur- rent 49 percent subsidy rate. Tasman s mayor Richard Kempthorne said he was not angry the Government had chosen to focus funding on seven major roads of national significance projects over the next ten years -- three of which are based in the Auckland region. Auckland has a roading issue -- but so does the rest of New Zealand, he said. He warned that if the country s councils could not get increased Government road funding to off- set growth and inflation before the decade was out regional roads would deteriorate nationwide. Tasman spends about 17 percent of its current $100 million budget on maintaining 1681km of gravel and sealed regional roads, 467 bridges, 1841 km of footpaths, 21 public carparks and 3735 streetlights. State highways are 100 percent funded by the NZ Transport Agency. The cap on its NZ Transport Agency subsidy will see more of council roading budgets consumed by the inflating cost of roading products, such as asphalt, gravel and contract costs. Richard said Tasman was working with Marl- borough District and Nelson City councils on combined roading contracts to save money and inflation-proofed its roading operations and main- tenance budget. But we are already noticing some maintenance changes. It s a reality and the place it will be noticed first is on our rural roads. But we will try to manage the impact with our communities so a bow-wave of outstanding maintenance is not created. The council has already started to consult with the communities on what they saw as their top roading priorities, he said.
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