The Ministry of Health says it needs to hear from Ashburn
Clinic, in Dunedin, before forming a view of the private
psychiatric hospital's situation.
Former chairman Bruce Smaill, whose 35-year tenure ended last
Monday, told the Otago Daily Times last week he was
feeling more optimistic that the ministry would increase
publicly-funded bed numbers, which would strengthen the
clinic's financial position.
Ministry of Health sector capability and implementation
deputy director-general Cathy O'Malley said the ministry was
meeting clinic representatives on Thursday for a regular
''Ashburn has advised us they wish to provide an overview of
their situation and discuss their ongoing contract with the
ministry at the meeting.
''The ministry needs to hear first from Ashburn Clinic before
forming a view about the current situation or any future
The ministry had a long-standing relationship with Ashburn,
which consistently delivered its 25-bed contract.
The contract was for acute and sub-acute services, including
eating disorders, personality disorders, alcohol and drug
disorders, and mood disorders.