Petition launched to appoint PS Otago and DRC South as joint provider of home support

PS Otago have launched a petition to appoint PS Otago with DRC South as a fourth home support provider:

We need your help to petition the Southern District Health Board to reconsider its decision to have only three providers of Home and Community Support Services in Otago and Southland, and instead resolve to have four such providers and award the 4th contract to Presbyterian Support Otago’s Enliven service in partnership with disAbilities Resource Centre Southland’s Charitable Trust.

Together, these local not-for-profit, community based organisations serve 2500 vulnerable older people who are cared for by 800 staff throughout our provinces.

Please follow this link if you wish to participate:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/southern-district-health-board-appoint-ps-otago-with-drc-south-as-a-4th-home-support-provider?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=url_share&utm_campaign=url_share_before_sign

Further details regarding the implications of the SDHB’s decision are available at this link. The petition will be presented to all members of the Southern District Health Board and Management Team, to the Ministry of Health, the Minister of Health, and all Otago and Southland Members of Parliament on Jan 31 2013 so all responses must be received by 5pm Monday 28 January.

For those who do not have access to the internet, or who wish to canvass additional support a petition form and poster are attached to this email and can be printed off.  Should you require multiple copies, please contact me and I can provide them.

Please promote this petition as widely as you can and forward this email with the response details.  Even those overseas have a vested interest in the health and welfare infrastructure of the Otago and Southland regions since many have relatives domiciled here.

I apologise in advance if you receive more than one request to support this petition. However  many Otago and Southland residents feel very strongly about this issue and signing requests will be widely circulated.

Thank you for your support.

Lisa Wells
Director of Communication and Fundraising
Presbyterian Support Otago