The time new mums spend at rural maternity homes in Southland could be slashed as the Southland District Health Board proposes to cut funding.Click through for the rest.
A document leaked to The Southland Times shows the Southland District Health Board is proposing to cut funding by 30 per cent to the Winton Maternity Centre, run by the Central Southland Hospital Trust.
Trust chairman Colin Ballantyne confirmed the board had met with the trust and had proposed some reductions.
"They (the health board) would like to get control of us – it's all about control," Mr Ballantyne said.
If the funding cuts went ahead, the trust could be forced to reduce length of stays at the centre, he said.
The average length of stay was about 3.8 days. This compared with Southland Hospital's maternity ward in Invercargill, where women could be discharged within hours of birth.
Funding cuts are also possible for other rural maternity centres in Southland.
Sounds pretty stink to me, what do you think?