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Sack DHB As First Economy Measure

Published: Thu 2 Dec 2004 04:49 PM
2 December 2004
Sack DHB As First Economy Measure
New Zealand First’s health spokesperson Barbara Stewart has called for the sacking of the Auckland District Health Board as the first measure to reduce the $67 million deficit the board is facing.
This follows the Minister of Health appointing an independent adviser to the board to help it work through what are described as “complex issues” as it struggles to reduce its financial deficit.
“Drastic measures need to be taken to deal with a situation that is obviously out of control, said Mrs Stewart.
“The health system in Auckland was always going to collapse under the weight of immigration and the increased health problems, not to mention the normal rate of increase of sickness in a rapidly growing urban area.
“We repeatedly warned the Government this was going to happen and the district health board has been unable to manage the situation and has been left to carry the can.
“That said, the board had a duty to alert the Minister in a most forcible way to this deteriorating situation and to take some responsibility for the sake of the public.
“They have been negligent in their first duty to the people of Auckland and their services should be dispensed with forthwith,” said Mrs Stewart.
ENDS

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