Agreement reached over bed closure in Central Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board, Central Hawke’s Bay’s Mayor and the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Liaison Group have reached agreement, with the district health board agreeing to defer the temporary closure of the Central Hawke’s Bay Health Centre’s ward beds over the Christmas holiday period. 

The three groups met today at the district health board to discuss the short-term bed closure of the ward beds. 

Hawke’s Bay District Health Board chief executive Kevin Snee said he recognised that engagement with the community could have been a lot better and had agreed, as a gesture of goodwill, to defer the temporary bed closures. 

“We are now looking to the future and will be working with the CHB Council and Health Liaison Group to work together to design health services in the area. Planning for this will begin next year,” Dr Snee said. 

Mayor Alex Walker said she was very pleased with the outcome and was looking forward to working with the district health board and enhancing the relationship between the organisations. 

Chair of the CHB Health Liaison Group Ian Sharp said the group would be working hard to develop and design services that would future-proof the needs of the Central Hawke’s Bay community. 

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