The Southern District Health Board has rejected a proposal for a Ronald McDonald House on what it says are basic health principles. (Photo: Getty Images)

Southern District Health Board has come under fire over its resistance to a potential Ronald McDonald House in Dunedin.

Ronald McDonald House Charities says it would like to build one as part of the Dunedin Hospital redevelopment.

But the Southern District Health Board’s public health arm is ruling it out, for the same reason a scheme for Middlemore Hospital was rejected.

So far the DHB has rejected it on what it says are basic health principles.

Otago Regional Councillor Michael Laws has labelled the move inhumane.

“This is what happens when you let public health zealotry and a lack of compassion, and a lack of intelligence quite frankly, obscure the right thing to do.”

Laws believes that the region’s public should be consulted on the issue.

“If they just listened to people who had used the service and had consulted them before they made this extraordinary statement, then I think they would have come to a different conclusion.”

Source: Newstalk ZB

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