Imagine the panic of a parent whose child has swallowed a poison.
Now imagine being stuck on hold trying to get emergency advice at just the time when every single second counts.
If the government pushes ahead with plans to merge the 0800 Poison phone line with a grab-bag of others, that horror could become a reality.
Emergency poisoning calls could be lumped in with problem gambling support, quitline for smokers, as well as the alcohol helpline - costing valuable time and putting lives at risk.
Together let’s demand that the government do what’s best for kids and keep a dedicated poisons line.
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Dr David Clark
Associate Health Spokesperson
MP for Dunedin North