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Campaign to stop health funding cut falls flat

Aug 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

TWO protests, a petition and several submissions have failed to stop a health funding cut to Newtown Union Health Service.

About 60 people peacefully demonstrated a second time against the cut in front of Wellington Hospital last Friday, as the August meeting of Capital and Coast District Health Board took place.

Debbie Leyland, co-ordinator of United Community Action Newtown, the group leading the protests, said at the meeting the CCDHB told UCAN that they would “have a robust discussion” and get back to them in a week.

However, a media statement released today says the board would not reverse its decision.

Board chair Virginia Hope said the decision was not easy, but they needed to be fair and reasonable across the district.

UCAN has been leading a campaign against the funding cut since May.

It submitted a petition signed by 600 people and gave oral submissions from medical experts and patients to the board, and protested twice.

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