INDEPENDENT NEWS

Government admits DHB budget blowout

Published: Fri 2 Aug 2019 05:10 PM
It’s easy to see why Health Minister David Clark was reluctant to release data on DHBs’ financial performance because they’ve shown a budget blowout, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.
“I’ve been predicting for months that combined DHB deficits would exceed $500 million for this financial year. It gives me no pleasure to note that the Ministry of Health, having released its forecasts for April and May, seems to agree.
“Dr Clark admitted yesterday that he received the April reports almost six weeks ago but did not bother to read them. Given the importance of DHB financial performance, this suggests staggering incompetence by the Minister.
“This Government portrays itself as open and transparent. If he wants to be open and transparent he should be proactive in releasing the information. Instead of dumping bad news late on a Friday afternoon, Dr Clark should be explaining why he’s failed to bring deficits under control.
“The figures are not a surprise. The Government has neither provided the funding they claimed they would give DHBs, nor set expectations for continued fiscal discipline.
“The Minister blames nine years of underfunding for this situation but the cause is now clear: an incompetent Minister who is asleep at the wheel of a health sector that is suffering from a lack of leadership.
“DHB deficits are out of control on his watch.”
a

Next in New Zealand politics

On The Political Donations Scandals
By: Gordon Campbell
New Zealand: Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response, Says UN Expert
By: UN Special Rapporteur
National’s Economic Plan For 2020 And Beyond
By: New Zealand National Party
Abortion Legislation Bill Report Presented To The House
By: Abortion Legislation Committee
Auditor-General's Report Published - Reflecting On Our Work About Water Management
By: Office of the Auditor-General
Statement Of Jami-lee Ross - "Spoke Up Now Set Up"
By: Jami-Lee Ross
Foreign donation loophole still wide open
By: Jami-Lee Ross
Jacinda Ardern Tries To Soothe Virus Rift With China
By: RNZ
Coronavirus: Expert Warns More Flights Could Be Cancelled
By: RNZ
National Party Donations Case: 'I Am Now Being Painted As The Scapegoat' - Jami-Lee Ross
By: RNZ
'We Need To Apply Natural Justice' - PM On NZ First Foundation Investigation
By: RNZ
Not One, But Two $100k Donations To National In Court
By: RNZ
National Donations SFO Charge Details A Surprise - Bridges
By: RNZ
PM Jacinda Ardern Washes Hands Of NZ First Foundation Photos Saga
By: RNZ
Simon Bridges Says NZ First Foundation Investigation Should Be SFO Priority
By: RNZ
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media