28 May 2019

The Panel with Jonathan Krebs and Penny Ashton (Part 1)

From The Panel, 4:03 pm on 28 May 2019

A Southland woman gave birth in an ambulance on Sunday morning. A local midwife Sarah Stokes says if the Lumsden Maternity Centre hub had oxygen, full rescucitation equipment and another midwife to support her, as it had in the past, the baby could have been delivered at the centre. Carrie Adams of the Northern Southland Medical Trust talks about what's happening to rural health services. Residents of Auckland's Waiheke Island are getting increasingly peeved at long queues for the ferry and the chances of not being able to board at all. Ferry operator, Fuller Ferries, say the services are reliable 99 per cent of the time and that staff are being abused. Waiheke services aren't the only ones seen as sub-standard, complaints have been made about the Devonport and Hobsonville services, as well. Cath Handley of the Waiheke Local Board says it's not good enough.