Murupara Medical Center will cut services from next week due to the government’s mandatory vaccination order.
The vaccination order requires that all healthcare practitioners and workers near healthcare practitioners providing services to members of the public have received their first injection of Covid-19 by November 15.
Two of the centre’s four general practitioners, Dr Bernard Conlon and his wife Dr Britta Noske, have announced that they will only provide telehealth services from Tuesday.
Dr Conlon is under investigation by the New Zealand Medical Council over a complaint filed about his public comments regarding the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccination.
A community rally in support of Dr. Conlon will be held in Murupara on Saturday, starting between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. and ending around 1 p.m.
Te Runanga o NgÄti Manawa President Kani Edwards announced that the runanga had rescheduled its annual meeting to allow beneficiaries to attend the rally.
The annual meeting will now be held between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
The two remaining GPs, Dr Erin Turner and Dr Susana Flores, will continue to work part-time at the medical clinic three days a week with the support of health assistants Lorraine Davis and Tabee Klein.
The practice has asked the Department of Health to make an exception for its practice due to the “significant disruption to health services” that the warrant will cause, but has yet to receive a response.
The center announced that other services likely to be affected by the order are the district nursing service it provides and other routine nursing services such as childhood vaccinations, cervical smears. routine, injections and a daily blood test.
The outreach clinics in RuatÄhuna, Minginui and Kaingaroa will cease and it is uncertain whether a pharmacy service will continue in Murupara.
Meanwhile, health care provider Murupara MÄori Te Ika Whenua Hauora will offer vaccination clinics five days a week from its offices on Pine Drive.
Operations manager Robert Jenner said that initially the hauora would be operated alongside Te Puna Ora o Mataatua, who occasionally held drive-thru clinics in Murupara in recent months.
On Friday, the hauora began advertising three full-time positions for immunization staff, two registered nurses and an administrator, who will be based in its Murupara office and work in surrounding communities.
A hauora Facebook post states: âWe are currently working closely with external stakeholders to coordinate immunizations across Murupara and surrounding communities. “
On Wednesday last week, the vaccination rate of eligible people in the town was 47% for the first doses and 31% for the second doses.
The Beacon asked the Bay of Plenty District Health Board if there was a plan in place to address the lack of services.
The board says it is working with communities in the district, including Murupara, on their preparation and response to Covid-19.