Plunket to seek meeting with Prime Minister
Plunket has just announced that it is seeking an urgent meeting with the PM over withdrawal of funding of Plunketline, in favour of McKesson Corporation. The letter to the PM is on its way already. Plunket bosses want to ask whether it is the Governments intention to undermine Plunket.
Plunket President Kaye Crowther said, "The Government is placing key parts of the care of our children in the hands of an off-shore multi-national who the Ministry of Health has acknowledged has little or no experience in well child services".
Plunket was told that they did not get the contract because the Government thinks that McKesson can provide a better clinical telephone-based service. The new provider of this service after 1 July 2006 does not have the nurses to guarantee this service to the level specified in the contract
Helen Clark, who has never used plunket line for her children, doesn't seem to realise that mothers do not just want a functional clinical telephone service.