Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More DHBs face cash crisis

Hon Tony Ryall National Party Health Spokesman

3 February 2006

More DHBs face cash crisis

More District Health Boards are facing a cash crisis under the pressure of rising staffing costs and government priorities, says National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

"More and more DHBs are heading into deficit this financial year. With half the financial year still to go, one DHB is saying 'the cash is running out'.

"Only a few months ago the Tairawhiti DHB was projecting a surplus for the 2005/06 financial year. Yet that DHB is now $2.2 million over budget with half the year still to go," says Mr Ryall.

Tairawhiti DHB chairwoman Ingrid Collins is reported as asking her chief financial controller during a meeting: 'Have we got enough money to last? It doesn't look like it'.

She was told by senior management: 'The cash is running out.'

"National understands that the financial performance of DHBs around the country is deteriorating rapidly," says Mr Ryall.

"The Government has badly miscalculated the effect its centralised wage bargaining has had on hospital budgets. The recent pay increases are costing DHBs far more than the Government has given them.

"Patients languishing on the waiting lists will have an even longer wait as DHBs try to balance their books.

"When December financials are released at DHB meetings around the country, the full extent of the deficit crisis will become clear. But I can tell you right now, its not going to be pretty, " says Mr Ryall.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Decision Day: Peters Chooses Labour

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply.

Peters said he had been offered the position of Deputy Prime Minister and a number of other ministerial posts would go to his colleagues

He said economic and monetary policy changes were needed to face a coming economic downturn.>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election