MP happy with health services

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Minister of Health and Northcote MP Dr Jonathan Coleman believes health services are in good shape in the Gore district.
Dr Coleman toured around the deep South on Tuesday and stopped by Gore after being in Clutha District for the official opening of Clutha Health First’s $3.9 million hospital upgrade and extension.
He went to a lunch hosted by Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay to give an update on the health portfolio.
He also took part in a question and answer session with local health professionals.
‘‘Gore district’s health has a very good setup with excellent primary care, meaning locals are not having to travel far for their care,’’ Dr Coleman said.
He believed more cancer patients were being treated locally and the furthest they needed to go for care was Dunedin.
He said those fighting cancer no longer had to look to Australia to be treated.
‘‘In this year’s budget, $200 million has gone to the Southern District Health Board — $32 million more than the previous budget. This is due to the 33% increase in operations in Southern areas and a 10% increase in appointments,’’ he said.
Dr Coleman said he also discussed the focus in the communities on obesity and diabetes and the concerns that came with population growth.