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Invercargill will be connected to the world like never before with the introduction of ultra-fast broadband, Invercargill MP Eric Roy said today.

Mr. Roy said around 16 Invercargill schools, 100 healthcare providers and 1050 Invercargill businesses will be connected between Aug 2011 – Apr 2017, and provided speeds of up 10 gigabits per second.

“Ultra-fast broadband will connect Invercargill businesses, schools and health providers with the rest of New Zealand and the world as part of the government’s $1.5 billion Ultra-Fast Broadband Initiative.”

Government agency Crown Fibre Holdings has negotiated with Telecom to rollout ultra-fast broadband between August 2011 and April 2017 in Invercargill, providing residents with internet speeds up to 10 times faster than current broadband speeds. Read the rest of this entry »

The National Government has increased spending on health by over $1.2 billion in the last two years to grow public health services.

The extra $49m in health spending for the Southern DHB over the last two years has been put to good use in improving front line health services such as elective surgery.

Figures from the Ministry of Health reveal that, since the election, an extra 2989 Southern patients, have received the elective operations they have needed.

In total, 10,376 patients from the Southern DHB area received important elective surgery in 2010, including hip replacements, joint replacements, ear nose and throat surgery amongst other surgery.

In 2010, 4282 other these patients were over 65.

Within the total surgery numbers, there had also been nearly 500 more orthopaedic surgeries in 2010.

It shows the frontline focus is working for us.

By the time you read this, the expert panel on neurology services in the South will have heard the views of the local population.

The meeting today at Stadium Southland is the culmination of a lot of effort by the Otago and Southland communities to have a say in the final outcome.

I was pleased to be able to accept a 45,000 signature petition last week calling for the retention of neurosurgery services at Dunedin Hospital.

I was also heartened by the comments of the Minister of Health Tony Ryall that he would take a lot of convincing that there shouldn’t be neurosurgery services for Otago and Southland people.

We now have to wait for the final recommendation of the panel.  But thanks to you, it won’t be an arbitrary decision.

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