Mayoral candidate takes first shot at competition

In Craig Baylis’s most recent newsletter release, he’s been sure to make it clear where he stands when it comes to healthcare in the South Taranaki District..

The statement reads,

In the last decade with improving property values in places like North Taranaki, Fielding and Whanganui this region has become one of the most affordable places to live, so we have been a magnet to people who can’t afford to live anywhere else.

Many of these people have more humble ambitions and incomes mostly determined by government aid, so it comes as no surprise that 4000 people are not registered with a GP and use our A&E as their general medical centre.

One of the other mayoral candidates has openly stated if successful he will continue in the direction we have been heading in for over a decade and at the recent DHB meeting in the community centre said to the CEO of the health board give us your suggestions and we will get behind them. It seems somewhat unusual to want to lead from behind.

Baylis wants to start investing and encouraging development in the things that bring people here who can contribute to keeping our hospitals, schools and neighbourhoods full of families and retired folks wanting to live here because it’s desirable, not just cheap.

Earlier this month, there was speculation that the Taranaki District Health Board were planning to close the Hawera Emergency Department, however following a meeting in Hawera, CEO Rosemary Clements confirmed this was not the case.

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