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North Shore Hospital Get $36m From Govt For Emergency Dept

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Tony Ryall
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Wellington, April 2 NZPA - The Government has approved $36 million to improve North Shore Hospital's emergency department.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said the project would increase capacity in the emergency department and provide extra beds.

"More emergency care beds, a new assessment and diagnostic unit and more inpatient beds should add up to improved service in the emergency department," Mr Ryall said.

The proposal includes an extra 26 emergency department cubicles (currently 16), another 19 beds in the admissions planning unit (currently 37), and an extra 48 medical inpatient beds (currently 170).

Mr Ryall said the public was concerned about emergency department performance and the service at North Shore Hospital had not been able to keep up population growth and demand.

It was expected the extension would be completed in late 2011 at a total cost of $48 million.

Labour's health spokeswoman, Ruth Dyson, said while Mr Ryall was announcing plans to expand North Shore's emergency department he was busy behind the scenes cutting services designed to keep people out of hospitals.

"I welcome the extension to this emergency department which (former Labour health minister) Annette King opened in 2001, it's time Mr Ryall made the rest of his plans clear to the public as well," Ms Dyson said.

"In Parliament today he would not explain how his decision to allow district health boards to reduce the amount of money going to health providers in the community and voluntary sector would do anything but increase the numbers turning up at emergency departments."

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