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Redundancy payments dragging down health sector

Published: Tue 13 Aug 2019 12:37 PM
$20 million of redundancy payments dragging down health sector
13 AUGUST 2019
In a new briefing paper, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that in the period 2013/14 through 2017/18, DHBs spent $20.37 million on redundancy payments.
Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says “Some redundancy payments are inevitable, but spending an average of $26,800 on 758 payments is a poor use of money. DHBs should be prioritising patient care and services, not payments to staff who are being let go.”
“Some DHBs are worse than others. Waikato DHB, which has since had its board sacked, had the highest average redundancy payment of $47,800. In contrast, while South Canterbury DHB made more than 100 payments between 2013/14 and 2017/18, the average payment was only just over $10,000.”
“There’s no right way to manage redundancy payments – sometimes letting staff go is the efficient option – but DHBs should be careful to keep their average payments low so funding is going to patient care.”
This information, obtained under the Official Information Act, has been released as the second of three briefing papers on healthcare productivity. The first briefing paper can be viewed here, along with the introductory report, Productivity in the Health Sector: Issues and Pressures.
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