A North Island health board has thrown out the controversial
hospital food plan that caused concern and division in the
Two reviews of public health funding should be completed in a
few months, but whether we can expect major changes or
tinkering is unclear.
The Southern District Health Board has acknowledged it has no
idea how much the Compass Group will spend equipping its
kitchens over the next 15 years.
Labour leader Andrew Little yesterday criticised a lack of
''desperately needed'' government transparency on funding to
district health boards.
The embattled Southern District Health Board has approved a
15-year deal with a multinational corporation for food
services after facing down an acrimonious public at a board
meeting in Dunedin yesterday.
The Southern District Health Board has announced it is going
ahead with a plan to outsource its hospital kitchens.
A meals on wheels driver says he is ''now certain'' the
Southern District Health Board and Compass Group simply
assumed volunteers would subsidise the service if it was
The Service and Food Workers' Union has warned the
cash-strapped Southern District Health Board could find
itself embroiled in costly legal action if it goes ahead with
food service outsourcing.
The man drafted in to help the Southern District Health Board
says he provided a new perspective on the organisation's
The Southern District Health Board wants to cut costs by 5%
for its services and those of contracted providers, as it
grapples with an ''awful reality'', chairman Joe Butterfield
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