WDHB announces women's health decision
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Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) members have voted unanimously for Option 2 – one of the three options that Whanganui and MidCentral DHB management and clinicians put forward for the Regional Women’s Health Service (RWHS) plan at today’s WDHB board meeting.
 
At the beginning of the discussion, WDHB board members quickly voted unanimously to put aside Option 1 - the original RWHS proposal.
 
The three options put on the table were:
 
Option 1: A regional women’s health service with secondary maternity and gynaecology in-patient services provided from Palmerston North Hospital; supported by a single consultant O&G roster

Option 2: A regional women’s health service with secondary maternity and gynaecology in-patient services provided from Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals; supported by two consultant O&G rosters provided by DHB employed doctors

Option 3: A regional women’s health service with secondary maternity and gynaecology in-patient services provided from Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals; supported by two consultant O&G rosters with Whanganui’s doctors provided by way of a contracted third party, and MidCentral DHB’s (MDHB) provided by MDHB employed doctors.

The second option is underpinned with a recommendation:
 
That the board supports Option 2 in the papers, being  a regional women’s health service with secondary maternity and gynaecology services provided from both Wanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals, supported by two consultant O & G 24/7 rosters provided by DHB employed doctors.
 
That the development plan and specifications for the regional women’s service to be submitted to the board include:
  • responsibilities and accountabilities that reflect the centralAlliance partnership expectations through all levels of the service;
  • that it also include an agreed process for engagement with all health professionals involved in this service;
  • that it includes a set of principles and engagement process for consumer participation in the ongoing service development; and
  • that input from board members will be through the committee and board process.
WDHB board chair Kate Joblin says the board’s decision is subject to support from the MidCentral District Health Board which meets on Tuesday to determine the option they think would best serve both communities.
 
In the event that the two boards have different views, further discussion will take place between them to reach an agreed service plan.