The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board (NMDHB) announced that the board has deferred its decision on the future of laboratory services for the region to sometime after 31 August 2006. Abano are now in discussions with the DHB to extend the current contract for Nelson Diagnostic Laboratory, which is due to expire at that time. The NMDHB had initially announced it was negotiating with Medlab South to provide all public and community laboratory services.

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