Ōtaki was seeing red on the weekend with dozens of Labour supporters delivering flyers for an Ōtaki health services meeting being held in Ōtaki next week.
Labour candidate Rob McCann says the voluntary effort was enormous and all of Ōtaki was covered.
“Interest is very high in the meeting which will feature Annette King who is a former health minister, former health spokesperson and former deputy Labour leader.”
Ms King is coming to Ōtaki to listen and talk about Health Issues in Ōtaki. With health shaping up to be one of the defining issues in the election Mr McCann says people are hurting in our community and are looking for real solutions.
“We don’t have very good health access compared to the larger cities and that only gets worse if you get ill or injure yourself after hours. Then you could end up traveling to Wellington or Palmerston North Hospital depending on where you live. For some of us this is not too difficult, but if you are retired or you have more than one dependent child, getting to a hospital can be an overwhelming task.
“This government have starved the health sector by over 1.7billion dollars over six years and the cracks are starting to show. People are falling off the waiting lists, patients can’t get to see a specialist for a second appointment and home help is being denied to save money. It’s time for some fresh thinking and a fresh approach to dealing with these issues,” says Mr McCann.
Health Meeting with Annette King
Monday 29th May, 2pm 3:30pm
Ōtaki Presbyterian Church Hall
249 Mill Road, Ōtaki