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Bureaucratic ineptitude robbing patients

Bureaucratic ineptitude robbing patients

National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall, says Hawke’s Bay hospital patients are being robbed of $300,000 a year by bureaucratic ineptitude.

He is commenting on a report that the Crown Health Finance Agency is billing Hawke’s Bay District Health Board $25,000 a month for “holding costs” for the vacant Napier Hospital which it has been responsible for selling for the past two years.

“This is a total waste of health dollars thanks again to health system bureaucracy. And it’s being going on for two years.

“The DHB is having to fork out valuable health dollars – but for what? What is so important that it is costing $25,000 a month – money that should be going towards hiring more nurses or more operations?

“The DHB seems to be almost at the end of its tether on this issue, and who can blame them.

“Hawke’s Bay residents are sitting on ever-lengthening waiting lists while this Government agency sucks up taxpayer dollars because it is incapable of selling this land,” says Mr Ryall.

“What does the Health Minister have to say about this?”


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