Any health mergers require community support
CARE NOT CUTS
Any health mergers require community
The government and its appointees need to 'proceed with caution' and take local communities with them, rather than try to force through district health board (DHB) mergers, says Capital & Coast DHB member David Choat, who was elected under the banner of Care not Cuts.
"There has been mounting speculation that Health Minister Tony Ryall is about to appoint the same person to head both the Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley boards, in what appears to the first step towards a merger."
"I have an open mind on the issue of a merger,
but I'm clear about one thing: such a plan would only work
if its proponents take the time to consult genuinely with
both communities and persuade them of the merits of the
idea. If they try to force a merge against the wishes of one
or both communities, that will only lead to resentment and
"If a merger were looked at, consideration would also need to be given to the implications for Capital & Coast's other sub-regional partner, Wairarapa DHB," David Choat said..