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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is concerned the voice of regional communities across Otago will not be heard in the lead-up to the Dunedin Hospital rebuild.

“While an advisory group has been set up, I am disappointed and concerned that a gaping hole exists when it comes to regional representation.

“Let’s not leave these small regional communities and their health providers out in the cold. From Central Otago to Oamaru – Otago communities will rely on Dunedin’s new Hospital and I think it’s only appropriate that they’re involved in the development process.

“They are doing some amazing work in providing excellent health services to their communities, often using innovative programmes run in conjunction with Dunedin Hospital, so their input is all the more important.

“Let’s not forget that Dunedin Hospital is a base hospital – servicing the needs of the entire Southern region – it therefore makes sense that regional communities have some representation.

 “I supports Southern district mayors in their call to be more involved in this process and I would go as far as to say that it’s imperative.”

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