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


Management Blowout Budget With Wasteful Spending

Management Blowout Budget With Wasteful Spending

“Health Cuts Hurt is concerned at overspending on consultants, bonuses and wasteful spending by managers and poor planning at Christchurch Hospital,” Heather Carter of Health Cuts Hurt said today. She was commenting on the report that Christchurch Hospital managers had spent over $130,000 in unplanned money on non-payroll staff in just two months.

“For example, our group has received reports of $1,200 being spent on a recent farewell for a Manager at Christchurch Hospital. There are also stories of expensively catered management meetings when there is a perfectly good staff café in the Hospital. This seems a major waste of taxpayer money.”

“The so called $11m deficit at Christchurch Hospital has led to a spate of consultants being paid big money for cost cutting reviews to telephonists, clinical records, maintenance staff and other groups,” said Heather Carter. “The focus in our view should be on managers and how they are overspending rather than on vital support services for clinicians.”

“Recently an untrialled emergency communication system failed in a life threatening situation. The system was then placed on hold,” said Heather Carter. “The money for the farewell would have bought two bleepers (round $700 each).”

“The Government and the CDHB should step in and pressure management to look in the mirror at their spending rather than forcing cuts on clinicians and support staff thus impacting on patient safety,” said Heather Carter.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>