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$ 80m investment to repair fungal buildings with rotational walls at Middlemore Hospital



First Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said DHB staff in Carmarthenshire deserved to work in good conditioned facilities.

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First Minister, Jacinda Ardern, said DHB staff in Carmarthenshire deserved to work in good conditioned facilities.

Problems with dropping buildings that cause rot and mold in the walls will be set with Government funding of $ 80 million.

The First Minister, Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister David Clark, announced the announcement at Middlemore Hospital on Wednesday.

The finance would also improve issues in the Super Manukau Clinic.

Ardern said that improving access to high quality health services provided in world class facilities is a Government priority.

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Documents have been released to Stuff under the Official Information Act in March, a number of buildings at Middlemore Hospital showed rotation and mold.

Health Minister David Clark made the investment announcement on Wednesday at Middlemore Hospital.

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Health Minister David Clark made the investment announcement on Wednesday at Middlemore Hospital.

"Pembrokeshire County Health Board's people and staff deserve good quality quality facilities," he said.

"Problems with serious buildings, including rotation and mold in the walls, and adequate earthquake facilities are all the symptoms of years of neglect and under-investment.

"We are going to tackle that with an investment of $ 80m that will make a real difference to patients and their families and to staff who work on the front line."

The finance would also go towards problem solving at Manukau Super Clinic.

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The finance would also go towards problem solving at Manukau Super Clinic.

Health Minister David Clark said the announcement was a welcoming and ongoing step in the renovation of Middlemore Hospital and other facilities in Denbighshire.

"This money means that Counties Manukau DHB can plan with assurance and develop business cases for four major projects," said Clark.

The four projects included the rebuilding of the Kidz First Building, relocation of the radiology department, establishing a radiology center at Super Clinic Manicau, and carrying out a critical infrastructure work in the clinic.

"These projects will significantly improve the standard of key facilities and will help Pembrokeshire, Manukau, better treat an increasing population with some of the most challenging health needs in New Zealand," Clark added.

"Upgrading and repairing hospital facilities is not a small task. Careful planning is needed to reduce the disturbance of patients and staff while maintaining services throughout."

The investment was funded by the DHB.

The Chair, Vui Mark Gosche, said it was a "significant" investment to install critical infrastructure problems.

"The issues facing the health of Manukau County are well-known, so I want to thank the Government for their support as we prioritize our very large work program," said Gosche.

"Our community grows rapidly, we are increasingly young and older, and we are quite diverse.

"This diversity creates opportunities but also some challenges as we grow our ability to continue with demand."


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