News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


DHB Blow-Out Must Not Cut Patient Services


DHB Blow-Out Must Not Cut Patient Services

“Senior doctors are warning the Taranaki District Health Board that its financial blow-out must not be allowed to directly or indirectly cut the range or quality of patient services,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was responding to the announcement by the Taranaki DHB that it had an unexpected budget blow-out of nearly $700,000 for the 2003-04 financial year. The DHB had already budgeted for a $1 million deficit.

“The Minister of Health has been very clear in stating district health boards must not cut services. She believes that DHBs are adequately funded to cover their deficits. However, health managers often see it differently.”

“If the Taranaki District Health Board attempts measures such as halting or delaying appointments to vacant positions, patient services will be compromised in some form.”

“The Taranaki District Health Board should rigorously examine to what extent their deficit and blow-out is due to organisational inefficiency. If they are due to poor management or outdated managerial organisation, then it is in the hands of the DHB to sort out.”

“However, if they are due to inadequate funding then the DHB should take this up directly with government to in order to negotiate either improved funding or a more flexible time-frame for reducing their deficits,” concluded Mr Powell.

Ian Powell

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news