Snub hospital grub hubs!

The possible the centralisation of hospital food distribution in hubs is very concerning. Stuff reports in Hospital food could be up to a week old:

A report obtained by TV3 News yesterday showed food would be made in two hubs, in Christchurch and Auckland, and then transported to hospitals across the country, saving $10 million.

Apart from further gutting the regions it has potentially major implications at times of disasters and extreme weather events.

The Christchurch earthquakes caused major disruptions to food distribution around the South Island, and then the roads were still usuable.

I’d be very concerned if hospital food for the South Island was distributed from a Christchurch hub.

A report obtained by TV3 News yesterday showed food would be made in two hubs, in Christchurch and Auckland, and then transported to hospitals across the country, saving $10 million.

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  1. Darryl

     /  12th April 2013

    I wouldn’t take anything to heart, that came from TV3 news, and certainly not from Ms King. Anything would be better than the bloody awful food that gets served up in the Public Hospitals at the moment, that is for sure. Wishbone pre packed food is very nice.

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  2. Darryl

     /  12th April 2013

    My husband deals with Wishbone within his job, so we have eaten a number of there meals, and they are very very nice. We are here in Wellington.

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  3. Darryl

     /  12th April 2013

    PS: they dispatch to anywhere in NZ.

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    • PS – if a food hub in Christchurch can’t dispatch to areas cut off by snow than neither can someone in Auckland or Wellington.

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  4. Steve W

     /  12th April 2013

    Darryl seems the sort who discounts the source without regard to the facts. I wouldn’t trust the opinion of someone who thinks that way. It’s faulty logic.

    This is just another subsidy for trucking lobby. They certainly seem to have the National Party by the short and curlies. The “Roads of Crony Significance” are all about subsidising the truckers and Fulton Hogan with taxpayer money.

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    • Darryl

       /  12th April 2013

      LOL, Steve W. Typical Leftie Green/Labour comment, mouthing off, but actually telling us nothing. What the hell the has The Road’s of Significance got to do with the Hospital food. Grow Up.

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  5. Tom

     /  12th April 2013

    I don;’t think the logistics of this have been seriously considered – thats a huge amount of regular freight movement. 39 hospitals according to MOH, and 27 of those are outside of the regions. Food is light but voluminous, assuming it is stacked into those rack things or similar transport cages so it would probably be on b-trains. Dependant on volume you would probably need one b-train per site as it would probably be unlikely to carry more than one hospitals load, especially if you are carrying 1-2 days worth per load. Some sites might need more than one load per day, and that gets expensive.

    hmmm….

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    • And they would have to have a couples of days stockpile even for fairly average winters, it’s not uncommon for the Northern Motorway coming in to Dunedin to be closed. And that stops transport to Balclutha, Gore and Invercargill as well.

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  6. graham

     /  12th April 2013

    Whether food is delivered as prepackaged meals to the hospitals, or as raw food to be prepared at the hospitals, the food still has to be delivered.

    So the issues you are raising about transport logistics apply in either situation. The centralisation to one South Island hub could be a concern, but surely a business continuity plan would be required to cover this hub being affected.

    How many individual distributors are currently involved in supplying food to hospital kitchens? Are they geographically distributed?

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