A big final pay cheque can help sweeten the bitterness of being made redundant. New figures show a number of employees departing from the Lakes District Health Board received their share of a sizeable sum. Reporter Jean Bell delves into the data and discovers the redundancies have been made in some services helping our most vulnerable.


More than $260,000 was paid to employees made redundant by the Lakes District Health Board in five years.

Some redundancies occurred in the mental health service and a Rotorua counsellor says community services cannot handle the influx of patients from what she calls an

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