Despite claims from ACT’s Richard Prebble, the Alliance’s Hospital Plan ensures Wellington Hospital will not be
downsized. It won’t be 150 beds short. It will be full sized and it will have full tertiary services. It will be
publicly financed and owned and it will stay in Newtown.
“We’ll have the hospital Wellington really needs in Wellington,” says Alliance Health Spokesperson Phillida Bunkle.
“Mr Prebble’s hospital is fraudulent. It is an under cover plan to promote Mr Prebble’s view that all hospital services
should be privately owned.”
“The hospital Prebble is promoting won’t be public at all. It is part of Prebble’s agenda of privatisation which he so
vigorously supports. The current proposal avoids discussing funding at all.”
The Government has offered no discussion of funding at all, no indication of the costs involved or where the money is
coming from. There’s no money in the budget for hospital capital works. Indeed the government’s budget shows a $110
million reduction in capital expenditure for hospitals next year.
“Just like the Auckland hospital, which is an election bribe, there is no money allocated to build the new hospital. To
be sure Act want to take the public out of public health.”
The Alliance Hospital Plan not only ensures a full, hi tech tertiary service in Wellington with the high tech services
nationally funded. But we will also provide a full general hospital at Kenepuru for the people of Porirua and Kapiti
“Communities should not be pitted against each other for political mileage. All the people of the Wellington region
deserve full hospital services. The Alliance has put forward in its Hospital Plan the only detailed, fully costed plan
of how they will get them.”
“Only the Alliance is committed to full public hospitals at Kenepuru, Hutt and Wellington,” says Phillida Bunkle.