Mana MP Kris Faafoi
A well respected and longstanding voice in the health sector for the Kapiti Coast's communities has become the latest victim of National's slash and burn agenda, Labour MP for Mana Kris Faafoi said today.
"Last week the Kapiti Community Health Group was told that its funding would be cut from June. That effectively means the end of the road for a vital independent voice for the people of Kapiti," Kris Faafoi said.
"The Health Group has been advocating for the people of Kapiti since 2001 and has successfully improved public transport to health services, lead the establishment of the Kapiti health information website, and worked to keep the Kapiti Community Nursing service.
"The drive of the Health Group has always been to ensure the wellbeing of the Kapiti community. It has been a strong voice which has now been silenced by National's funding cuts.
"This is a serious loss to the community. The Kapiti Coast has unique health needs and the loss of the Kapiti Community Health Group means there will no longer be an independent voice fighting on behalf of locals.
"I have written to the Minister of Health urging that he reconsider the decision. Kapiti must have a voice to ensure the community's health needs are met."