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Waipareira launched a new initiative to help whānau stamp out smoking.
Waipareira urges Weties to go to Waitakere A&E
If you could see a doctor for free or pay almost $100, which would you choose?
The option seems logical but many West Auckland patients don’t realise they have a choice, claims Waipareira Trust chief executive John Tamihere.
He says the $92 cost for an after hours medical visit in West Auckland is ‘‘outrageous’’ and urges patients to go straight to Waitakere Hospital’s accident and emergency department instead of White Cross HealthCare.
Tamihere is running a campaign to let people know there are other options.
‘‘Many within our community can’t afford the ridiculous overhead,’’ he says.
‘‘We have whānau coming to us all the time saying they can’t afford the costs and instead of seeking immediate medical care, they wait until the morning.
‘‘We don’t want a whānau member to die because they didn’t have the money for proper treatment,’’ Tamihere says.
White Cross is West Auckland’s only after hours medical centre.
It has clinics in Henderson and New Lynn – each charging $92 for adults without a community service or high user health card, issued to patients who visit their doctor more than 12 times a year because of recurring health conditions.
Since 2010 Waitakere Hospital’s emergency department doors have been open 24 hours.
Waipareira Board member Stephanie Harawira was born and raised in the rohe of Waipareira.
Stephanie’s passion is her whānau and community which explains why she's so passionate about ridding synthetic cannabis from our community. Stephanie recently led the 250 community members in Henderson to rally against legal highs.
She’s actively in the community alongside other whānau upset by these substances being sold in our neighbourhoods.
‘‘Legal dope, it’s a joke.’’ ‘‘Kiff it to the kerb.’’ Waitakere people were out in force on Saturday as part of a national rally against legal highs.
‘‘I’m just so proud of West Auckland. They came out and made a stand, they said very clearly they don’t want synthetic highs in their community.
‘‘I was really overwhelmed and I was overwhelmed by the national support to get so many people to stand up. It’s very easy to see this as a West Auckland problem but it’s not.’’
Stephanie Harawira leads the community down Great North Rd to voice demands against the sale of synthetic cannabis.