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Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker has welcomed today’s confirmation of an independent hospital for Queenstown.

“Today’s independent hospital announcement will mean better access to services for the entire district,” Mr Walker says.

“Queenstown has been crying out for better health services for years and today’s announcement means this can now become a reality.”

“When I was elected two years ago, the lack of health facilities in Queenstown was one of the first issues I identified.”

“I believe Queenstown lost an opportunity back in the 1990s when community-owned health trusts were set up across Otago and Southland, but not Queenstown.”

“Community-owned health trusts work because the community owns the facility and takes control of its own destiny by making the decisions locally for their residents.”

“I’ve been advocating for a community-owned model to be set up in Queenstown to provide surgeries for its resident, today is a good day for the Queenstown region.”

“The entire community is thankful for the work of Andrew Blair, the Central Lakes Trust and Southern Cross in providing the solution for a district in critical need of better access to health care.”

“With the support of the Southern District Health Board, this means both private and public patients will benefit from the new independent hospital.”

“Today’s announcement is great news and will mean better access to healthcare for all of the district.”

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