Support service for dioxin-exposed people

16 April 2008

Health support service to be established for dioxin-exposed people

The Government has considered an independent report on recommendations for a health support service for people who lived near or worked at the former Ivon Watkins Dow plant at Paritutu, New Plymouth.

The recommendations in the report have been accepted, and the Government has instructed the Ministry of Health to work with district health boards to implement a service in line with the recommendations.

The full report will be released by Allen and Clarke Policy and Regulatory Specialists Ltd at a public meeting held in Taranaki on 29 April 2008. The release will involve Allen & Clarke presenting its findings and recommendations about the scope of the service and the eligibility criteria for residents, ex-residents, and workers.

Copies of the full report and a summary document will be made available at this meeting.

Officials from the Ministry of Health and the Taranaki District Health Board will also attend this meeting. They will describe the implementation work required to establish the eligibility assessment process and the health support service components. The service will be implemented by 1 July 2008.

No further details about the service will be available until the public meeting on 29 April.

ENDS

16 April 2008 | scoop.co.nz | NEWS-2008-M04-16-001

DELAY-DENY-DIE-002Editor Remarks 17 Oct 2014

Translation required: See The Ministry of Health is offering a major health support programme to Taranaki residents who have an increased risk of cancer after exposure to high dioxin levels from a herbicide plant.

Translation:

One Free GP visit and then you are slotted into the Public Health System Just Like all NZ Citizens and join the LONG Cue…

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