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NZMA Welcomes Health System Changes

NZMA Welcomes Health System Changes

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) today welcomed the announcement by the Government of substantial changes to the health system.

“It makes great sense to rationalise the backroom services of the District Health Boards (DHBs) and to provide much greater coordination of national services and we support the decision to place the National Health Board within the Ministry of Health,” said NZMA Chair Dr Peter Foley.

"There has been a need for a long time for much greater coordination and centralised policy in a number of fields.”

“We accept that there will be some turbulence within the sector as these changes are made, but the planned savings should ensure positive outcomes, eventually achieving a more equitable service across the current number of DHBs,” said Dr Foley.

“The NZMA looks forward to working with the Government and the Ministry in implementing these important changes.”

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