Patients compelled to stop smoking must have a high level of
intervention and support when they leave Wakari Hospital,
Southern District Health Board member Richard Thomson says.
Mr Thomson was speaking at yesterday's board meeting in
Oamaru, at which his was the only vote opposed to banning
locked-in patients from smoking.
The board endorsed the hospital advisory committee's decision
from the previous day to remove the exemption some Wakari
Hospital patients have had for the past three years.
Mr Thomson said he wanted greater assurance those leaving
hospital would be well supported.
He said there was very little evidence to show temporary
smoking bans helped people kick the habit permanently, but
there was a greater chance if people were intensively
He was not satisfied with the level of support outlined by
staff at Wednesday's hospital advisory committee.
He also pointed out that for some, a stay in hospital was not
short term, and the board was effectively telling patients
they could not smoke in their own home, Mr Thomson said.
Chief executive Carole Heatly said she would speak to staff
about what level of support could be provided to patients
once they were discharged.
A $9.039 million deficit in 2013-14 has been approved for the
Southern District Health Board against revenue of more than
The annual plan has been signed off by the National Health
Board but is subject to Health Minister Tony Ryall's
Year-end budget figures were accidentally printed in this
week's health board financial reports.
Board member Tim Ward pointed out the mistake during
yesterday's board meeting in Oamaru.
Chairman Joe Butterfield said: ''Let's not draw [Mr Ryall's]
attention to the fact we've breached the rules.''
The deficit amount has been signalled in planning documents