Hon Dr David Clark
Minister of Health
14 June 2019
Health Minister Dr David Clark has appointed a Crown Monitor to support Canterbury DHB and ensure that Cantabrians
continue to have high quality, sustainable health services.
“I expect DHBs to improve their financial positions and to demonstrate they have a pathway to maintain financial
sustainability,” says Dr Clark.
“Canterbury has the largest deficit of any DHB in the country, forecasting to end the 2018/19 financial year with a
deficit of $103.4 million and increasing in future years. That’s not sustainable, and it’s why I haven’t approved this
year’s annual plan.
“Clearly there have been unique health challenges in Canterbury, including the aftermath of earthquakes and the terror
attack, which the DHB has handled superbly.
“Christchurch Hospital campus also has capital redevelopment needs. The DHB and the Ministry of Health have been working
hard on a masterplan and business case.
“This will need a significant investment from the Government, and the DHB must be in a financial position to support
Dr Lester Levy has been appointed as Crown Monitor, starting immediately.
“I’ve asked Dr Levy to bring his considerable experience to the Board table, to strengthen performance and planning, and
maintain direct communication with Government,” Dr Clark said.
Dr Levy was previously Chair of Waitemata, Auckland, and Counties Manukau DHBs. A Crown Monitor has already been put in
place at Waikato and Counties Manukau DHBs.
The Wellbeing Budget provided $80.5 million more per year in operating funding for Canterbury DHB. Canterbury is also
one of four DHBs that will be part of the next phase of the national bowel cancer screening programme.