Dunedin's Labour MPs have called on the Southern District
Health Board to help the community understand its decision to
exclude Presbyterian Services Otago from its list of providers
of home help services for the elderly.
David Clark and Clare Curran wrote to each board member last
week asking them to reassess their decision.
''The SDHB has declined to engage in discussion to help the
community understand their decision. As representatives of
the local community we are
calling on them to engage with those affected and
consider including PSO as a fourth provider as allowed by the
contract,'' their letter said.
Clients and workers deserved to have their voices heard as
did members of the community which had long been served by
Presbyterian Support, the MPs said.
A fair and transparent process was needed to ensure the best
outcome for all involved and, in this case, the SDHB had not
done that, and was continuing to decline to engage with PSO
and other interested parties, they said.