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Unions criticise Taranaki DHB for ‘shambolic’ process over Taranaki lab

11 June 2018 KIRSTY MCMURRAY - Taranaki Daily News

Plans for Taranaki’s new medical laboratory are up in the air and two unions have slated the health board’s handling of the situation as “shambolic” and “foolish.”

On Friday the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) confirmed they were revisiting their plans for the new, purpose-built lab run by a single, private provider after a change in government policy.

Medical laboratory workers’ union APEX’s national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said the DHB’s attempt to set up the new lab had been a mess from the beginning.

“It comes after a very long and tortuous, and in our view, badly managed process,” she said.

“We raised concerns from day one.”

She said there were a number of issues with the way the DHB went about finding a provider, and the lack of preparation they had put into developing specifications that provider would need to meet.


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