The Southern District Health Board is underfunded, and Labour will review the funding if elected, Labour health spokeswoman Annette King says.

King was in Invercargill yesterday visiting several health organisations with Invercargill Labour candidate Lesley Soper.

The Southern DHB had the biggest geographic area to cover in the country, and funding was not meeting what was required, King said.

Lack of funding meant people in rural areas were missing out on important services, she said.

King’s second major concern for healthcare in the south was bowel cancer.

The Southern DHB area had the most bowel cancer cases in the country, she said.

Labour promised to roll out a bowel cancer screening programme, starting in the south.

During a public meeting at the Lindisfarne Centre, people raised major concerns about low pay for home care workers and a proposal from the National Government to supply all hospital food from Christchurch or Auckland, King said.

“[Southland Hospital] staff have been waiting to see if they will be made redundant,” she said.