Whanganui DHB response to inaccuracies in Wanganui Chronicle

16 March 2013

Information in the Wanganui Chronicle article on 9 March 2013 has raised concerns for some older people and their families.

Between April and June 2012, Whanganui residents were waiting on average 23 working days
for a needs assessment - not an average of 79 days for Whanganui rest home residents to receive the
‘right care’, as was claimed in the article.

Safety is always our priority. If a person’s need is serious they will be assessed urgently.

The WDHB is confident that no–one waiting for an assessment is at risk and the wait times are,
as shown, reasonable.

Click here to see the full advertisement which ran in the Wanganui Chronicle 16 March 2013.