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Indian Newslink 1st APRIL 2018 Digital Edition

Indian Newslink 1st APRIL 2018 Digital

2018 The English Fortnightly (Since November 1999) Issue 389 | April 1, 2018 | Free CALLING FOR ENTRIES &NOMINATIONS Forms can be downloaded from phone 09 533 6377 editor@ website Register for Free Legal Clinic! Every Saturday from 10 am to 12 pm Multi-Ethnic staff from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan, Tonga, Iraq, Samoa and China facebook /indiannewslink Raj Pardeep Singh twitter /indiannewslink In the five minutes that you would take to read this story, St John would have received at least five phone calls for help from people nationwide and at least four of them would have been rushed to the nearby Hospital for treatment. It takes devotion and sacrifice to be aStJohn volunteer just as it takes kindness and generosity to be aStJohn donor. Two years ago, St John asked New Zealanders to support its ‘Annual Appeal’ for fundraising and set atarget of $2.2 million. New Zealanders were more than magnanimous. They donated $2.7 million, unprecedented in the history of the charitable organisation. Opportunity to readers This year, we have joined hands with this great Institution. St John Northern Region Communication Advisor Jennifer Porter writes, “In another first, Indian Newslink readers have aunique chance to “come together” to contribute directly towards anew ambulance via the newspaper’s novel crowdfunding initiative. Readers can help St John buy an ambulance for the community and help save lives, Shyama Sharma Qualityadviceisassured through ateam of Licensed Immigration Adviser /Ex-Immigration Officer. We provide tailor-made solutions to individual migrant and their families seeking to study,work, invest,dobusiness and livein NewZealand permanently linkedin /indiannewslink Specialists in Sale and Purchase of Property & Business, Leases, Principal Partner Barrister and Solicitor Employment Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Wills & Trusts, Immigration LLB/BA (Hons.) LLB/MIT/B.Com LLB/ DBM/ BA( Hons) E: E: E: email: Law- all types of visas and appeals (Initial Consultation Free) Ph: (09) 2799439 | Level-1, 31 East Tamaki Road, Papatoetoe, Auckland 2025 | PO Box 23445 Hunters Corner, Papatoetoe, Auckland 2155 National Government blamed for rotting hospitals RNZ (Checkpoint) Counties Manukau District Health Board (CMDHB) was reluctant to ask the previous government for funding to fix mouldy, rotting and unstable buildings because of pressure from ministers to stay in surplus, its acting CEO has said. It will cost $1.6 billion to remediate the issues in multiple buildings, and add new buildings to meet demand, and about the same to build anew acute hospital and facilities. CMDHB Chief Executive Dr Gloria Johnson told ‘Checkpoint with John Campbell, “The reality is that we may need both given the growth in Auckland.” Details of the serious building issues were revealed earlier this week (Indian Newslink web edition dated March 22, 2018) Minister wants answers Health Minister Dr David Clark said that he was demanding answers from the DHB because he was told that only one building had serious mould, but the issue was much larger than that. There were “serious” cladding issues in four buildings, and asbestos and seismic issues and deferred maintenance in other buildings. “And some of our buildings have all those problems together; we have got lots of problems.” The DHB has been aware of some of the issues for about four to six years but was hesitant to ask for any funding to fix them. Jonathan Coleman writes In aletter titled, ‘Living within your means’ dated October 27, 2016, former Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman wrote to the DHB: “I am pleased to see that your DHB is planning asurplus for 2016- 2017 and the following three years.” When asked if the DHB was not doing the work required because Dr Coleman wanted it to stay in surplus, Dr Johnson replied “Yes.” “I think the government, the whole government, has expected the health sector to be able to live within its means, and to be able to do that we have had to compromise on our capital investment programme,” she said. Following the Christchurch earthquakes, DHBs “were given to understand” that there was “very limited capital available for other things,” Dr Johnson said. If it had acted to remediate any issues, or build any new buildings, it would have to spend capital, be charged interest and acquire depreciation, “that then affects our operational budgets and runs the risk that we will run into deficit.” Reluctant government “In general terms, we have a problem with areluctance to actually identify the scale of the problem and therefore the cost and the effort that might be required to fix the problems. Because of a belief in the health sector that we will not be able to get the capital investment required and that we will not be able to afford to engage in the work.” While the DHB desperately needed issues on many of its buildings to be remediated, there was amore urgent need for additional buildings to meet demand from agrowing population, Dr Johnson said. “We cannot afford to wait until we have finished all the remediation work before we start investing in new capacity because we need new capacity as well.” Dr Coleman and Health Minister Dr David Clark declined to be interviewed on this subject. Dr Clark has ameeting with Dr Johnson later this week. In astatement, he said: “The previous government neglected and underfunded our hospitals. This government is committed to a well-funded public health service, but the reality is that the legacy of underfunding will take some years to turn around.” Indian Newslink has published the above Report and Picture under a Special Agreement with Join our ‘Heart of Gold’ appeal for St John Venkat Raman simply by donating at www. or sending a cheque to St John, Private Bag 14902, Panmure, Auckland (including your name, address and code Newslink),” she said. St John Northern Region Fundraising &Marketing Manager Kristin Cross said that the money would be used to add to the St John’s fleet. Fund an Ambulance “One ambulance can attend as many as 600 incidents each year, potentially saving 600 lives, so to get another ambulance in the community thanks to Indian Newslink readers would mean a huge deal to us. We look forward to seeing how this crowdfunding initiative unfolds and as always, we appreciate any donations, big or small.” Donations towards the ‘Heart of Gold’ appeal can be made in any ASB branch across New Zealand, online at nz, by calling 0800 ST JOHN, or to St John &ASB volunteer collectors throughout New Zealand. Please read the full story under Communitylink IMPROVEHEALTH, WEALTH &HAPPINESS USING VASTU SCIENCE/FENG SHUI SIMPLE REMEDIES CONTACTAUCKLAND BASED VASTUMITR KRISHNENDU BE (HONS), MBA(IIT KHARAGPUR) EMAIL: |MOB: 0221 594 347 09 272 4424 021 144 6641 Level1-166 Harris Road, East Tamaki, Auckland Like us on “Facebook”

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