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December 23, 2005

Buller Health Services

There has been a 180-degree turn around for health services in Buller this year.

This week's announcement of the Buller Health project was a major event in the evolution of health services in the region this year.

Twelve months ago the DHB made the announcement that doctor coverage would be severely limited over the Christmas period in Buller.

Acting Primary Care General Manager Hecta Williams who took over the service in the early part of this year said it had been a major accomplishment on the part of several people to turn the practice around to the point where it was now fully staffed.

Ms Williams said the staff working in Buller deserved a huge thank you for the work they had done to keep the service going and for helping to recruit doctors to the practice, as did the DHB recruitment team.

"They have been fantastic, they have worked together as a team and done a great job in securing a stable health service for Buller.

"I feel it is important to acknowledge all the staff who have worked to provide their community with an excellent service."

Ms Williams said the prospects for health services in Buller during 2006 were looking increasingly positive.

"While we never announce the appointment of new doctors until we have seen their signatures on the contracts, we can say we have some excellent prospects."

She said having a stable core of medical professionals working in the region was making it easier to attract GPs.

"I believe the Buller Health project will only enhance the health services for both the community and staff."

For more information please contact
Vikki Carter
Community Liaison Officer
03 768 0499, Extn. 2665
027 245 9595

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