[Imc-auckland] Media Release - "Online petition urges Auckland DHBs to reconsider community laboratory contract"

The Team @ DontRiskOutHealth.com matt at dontriskourhealth.com
Wed Jul 19 07:19:14 PDT 2006

For immediate release:

Media Release
20 July 2006
"Online petition urges Auckland DHBs to reconsider community laboratory
DontRiskOurHealth.com has launched a petition urging the Auckland,
Counties-Manukau and Waitemata DHBs to reconsider awarding Labtest Auckland
Ltd the community laboratory contract.
"This decision is going to mean reduced access to services, longer
turn-around times and redundancies, creating a potential brain drain of
Pathologists and laboratory staff offshore.  Auckland public health may
suffer if this decision is not urgently reviewed," says spokesperson Matt
"They have taken a serious risk on an unproven provider without consulting
the public or industry professionals that depend on these services.  50% of
their decision was based on price, not patient welfare.  Price was their
overriding consideration," says Crockett.
"We are appealing to the DHBs to reconsider their position, engage with all
stakeholders, and award the contract to the provider who can best balance
the needs of all parties'," says Crockett.
In conjunction with the website, DontRiskOurHealth.com has started a
grass-roots email campaign, urging supporters to register their concern and
make comments.  The responses will be passed on to the DHBs to assist them
in gauging the publics' thoughts about the issue.
DontRiskOurHealth.com is committed to bringing the public into this debate
and making sure their voice is heard. 
For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact: 
Matt Crockett
matt at dontriskourhealth.com
Mobile: (021) 300 151
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