Friday, July 16, 2010

Let's have the whole story

"Proposed Government moves to cut council costs will put lives "at risk", a senior Canterbury medical officer says....

...The board has drawn parallels with the cost-cutting of Canada's Ontario government in the late 1990s that led to seven drinking water-related deaths in 2000.

"You're putting lives in the community at risk," Canterbury medical officer of health Dr Alistair Humphrey told The Press yesterday.

"If people do lose their lives, the costs of addressing that are far higher than the money you'll save..."

The Walkerton incident is a case study used in water treatment industry training.

The series of failures leading to the incident were not cost cutting- they were the result of willful negligence and a cover-up on the parts of those concerned.

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