In a bid to stop the closure of Dunedin's physio pool,
the trust that runs the facility will appeal to Southern
District Health Board members in Dunedin tomorrow.
An Otago Therapeutic Pool Trust deputation will ask the board
to overrule management and keep the pool open.
The meeting, at Wakari Hospital, starts at 9am and is open to
In his submission, secretary-treasurer Neville Martin will
tell members the health board should work with the trust and
Dunedin City Council to resolve the financial issues.
''This would involve both parties [the DHB and pool trust]
attempting to agree on cost sharing, tenure and
responsibility for upgrading facilities,'' Mr Martin said.
''This would allow the trust sufficient comfort to reassure
the public that the facility will continue to be available to
The $100,000 annual shortfall and the up to $1 million
required upgrade should be considered as separate issues, the
Fundraising for the upgrade was more likely to succeed if the
health board gave an assurance it would keep the pool open.
The health board had its own physio patients to consider, and
providing alternative therapy for them would also cost money,
the trust argues.
Dunedin does not have another therapeutic pool, and Moana
Pool has no space to develop one, the trust says.
Health board chairman Joe Butterfield, of Timaru, reiterated
yesterday that the board ''simply cannot afford to continue
''It is not a facility that we need to look after our
patients or clients,'' Mr Butterfield said.
''We can make alternative arrangements for those that are
there. It's costing us a significant amount of money that we
''If the public of Dunedin want it to continue, the public of
Dunedin will have to find a way of funding its continuance.''
Asked if the trust was wasting its time making a submission,
he said: ''Only time will tell.
''You'll have to wait and see what happens on Thursday.''
Mr Martin's submission has been supplied to board members
ahead of the meeting, and is available on the health board's
Board management has said the historic pool is ''well beyond
its economic life'' and will close in December.
Pool costs include. -
Source: Otago Therapeutic Pool