Whānau encouraged to visit Hospital A&E to reduce "outrageous" costs

  • Auckland

Urban Māori Authority, Te Whānau o Waipareira Trust is urging West Aucklanders to go directly to Waitakere Hospital Accident and Emergency if they require after-hours medical attention. 

Chief Executive of the Trust, John Tamihere says $92 cost for a medical visit to an after-hours clinic is "outrageous" and is a hindrance to whānau.

Tamihere adds that many within the West Auckland communities would not be able to afford that cost. “I would urge whānau to go straight to the Waitakere Hospital’s Accident & Emergency if they are ill and I would expect that they be treated with respect and quality,” he says.

As winter has now descended upon us, there is more of a chance of whānau getting sick. If untreated, coughs and flus could easily escalate.

The Trust will issue advertisements in the local Western Leader Newspaper encouraging whanau to visit Waitakere Hospital after hours.  

“We have whānau coming to us saying they can’t afford the costs and instead of seeking immediate medical care, they wait until the morning. We can’t allow this to continue because what we don’t want is a whānau member to die or be hospitalised because they didn’t have the money for proper treatment. 

This is a major west Auckland community issue and I know Waitakere A&E is obliged to listen to what the community is saying,” Tamihere says.  

Adverts will begin tomorrow 2 June and will continue in the next two issues. 

“This is a very important campaign for Waipareira advocating on behalf of the West,” Tamihere adds.