'Save our site' campaign for hospital

David Benson-Pope spoke during the 2017 Dunedin Hospital SOS outside the Fix on Frederick St....
David Benson-Pope spoke during the 2017 Dunedin Hospital SOS outside the Fix on Frederick St. Photo: Peter McIntosh

`SAVE our site'' is the slogan of a Dunedin City Council-backed hospital site public campaign launched today.

Cr David Benson-Pope said the campaign will pressure the Government to drop unpalatable site options for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.

The options the council wants off the table are:

  • Rebuilding the main hospital at Wakari Hospital
  • A greenfield site
  • Scattering hospital services across the city.

Cr Benson-Pope said a central city location was preferable for just about everyone concerned: patients, central city business owners, the Otago Medical School, students, and staff.

Cr Benson-Pope said he was surprised at the relatively large crowd gathered on the pavement outside Frederick St cafe The Fix, as the council had not tried to drum up numbers.

Up to 40 people attended.
Several other councillors spoke to the crowd on the same theme.

The public is encouraged to visit www.DunedinHospitalSOS.nz to email Prime Minister Bill English, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, Finance Minister Steven Joyce, and Dunedin-based MP Michael Woodhouse. 

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