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The Star: April 20, 2017

The Star: April 20,

Get clicking to win – p38 Thursday, April 20, 2017 Home Leisure SHOW June 30 – July 2 EXHIBITORS BOOK NOW & The best read and largest circulating newspaper in Christchurch Train victim amputee faces challenges Morgan Jones was left blind and an amputee after a horrific accident – but he is still taking on dance competitions and adventure challenges • By Gabrielle Stuart MORGAN JONES was six, travelling by train through Kaikoura when he fell through a safety rail and onto the tracks below. He was left with horrific injuries – blind, with his right leg amputated and one side of his body partially paralysed. Tranz Rail was taken to court over the accident, but was cleared of criminal negligence. A settlement was reached with Mr Jones’ family outside court. Now 29, he has been able to do more than he thought was possible - including competing in a dance competition and taking on an adventure trip. •Turn to page 7 PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER 021 914 5656 Ministry rejected hospital car park building • By Gabrielle Stuart A PLAN for a 700-space car park near Christchurch Hospital was rejected two years ago, because a Ministry of Health group decided there was “not expected demand for it.” But the Canterbury District Health Board and NZ Nurses Organisation disagreed at the time, saying car parks would be needed. It comes as parking problems around the hospital have reached crisis level, with patients missing appointments and at least two hospital staff assaulted this year while walking to their cars. The Ministry of Health wrote to the CDHB in June, 2015, saying it was taking over responsibility for earthquake rebuild projects, including “proposed car parking projects”. It said they would become the responsibility of the Governmentappointed Hospital Redevelopment Partnership Group, and contracts for the projects would be managed by the Ministry of Health. In December, 2015, the HRPG commissioned Deloitte to carry out a review of car parking need around Christchurch Hospital. It looked at a range of options including building a 700-space car parking building, but rejected the idea because it said “there is not expected demand for it in the next five years and future demand and supply beyond that is uncertain.” •Turn to page 5