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Tuesday 1 December 2009

Health Officials Respond to 'Tragic' Events Figure
Bay of Plenty Health Board officials have defended the number of serious incidents at local hospitals, saying it’s stayed the same as the year before. But they add that every event is a tragedy. There were five potentially preventable events at hospitals, including the death of a newborn baby. Chief Operating Officer Phillip Balmer says such incidents affect staff as well as patients and families. He says staff work hard to ensure the best care possible, but between the two hospitals and community services, more than 190 thousand patient contacts occurred during the year.

'Naked Runner' Arrested
A naked man who ran along Ohauiti Road and into the shops sparked a flurry of calls this morning. Police say the alarm was raised around 10.30. Officers found a 61 year old man in Poike Road with no clothes on, and charged him with offensive behaviour. He's been bailed to appear in court on Thursday.

MOH: Five 'Incidents' in Bay Hospitals
There were five potentially preventable incidents at Bay of Plenty hospitals in the past year, including the death of a baby. Thats according to a Ministry of Health report just out, that summarises serious incidents reported by DHB's. A baby delivered with a slow heart rate died, and there were two cases involving mental health patients who seriously injured themselves, one person jumped from a ward roof. The Bay of Plenty fared well however compared with some boards. Waikato DHB had the highest number of incidents in the country, 60 in total, including 16 deaths.

Drink Drive Sweep Nets 30-Plus
More than 30 drivers have been picked up in a drink drive sweep. Police breath tested over nine thousand drivers between Thursday evening and Sunday morning. Sergeant Mark Holmes says 32 are facing prosecution, five were nearly twice the limit, and nine of the drink drivers had previous convictions. He says that Operation Profile will continue to the end of January, it also targets drugs, vehicle crime, disorder and general alcohol related offending. And there will be zero tolerance.

Boatie Fined Over Lifejackets
A local boatie has received the first fine this summer, for failing to have enough lifejackets on board. Search and Rescue Co-ordinator, Sergeant Craig Madden, says the 100 dollar fine was issued after an investigation into a rescue. He says the skipper of the boat had thousands of hours of experience. But he had only one lifejacket on board and was carrying two people. Craig Madden says it's not about waving a big stick, but ensuring personal safety of all our recreational boaties.

Call to 'Wipe Poverty'
A Papamoa woman who's spearheaded a new type of travel experience, volunteering to help the poor, is asking people to help wipe away poverty. Diana Judge of Breakfree Expeditions is selling toilet paper, to raise money to fund a classroom for orphans in Uganda. She says everyone needs toilet paper, and now you can help the poor while getting a bargain.

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