WDHS: Sack health board

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A proposal by Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to appoint a commissioner to replace the Southern District Health Board has been welcomed by the Waitaki District Health Services Ltd.

In a letter to Southern District Health Board (SDHB) chairman Joe Butterfield, dated May 28, Dr Coleman said he was considering appointing a commissioner under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act 2000 following the board’s “history of failure” to deliver on its annual plan expectations and its poor financial situation.

Earlier this year the SDHB announced a proposal to cut funding to rural hospitals by 5%, which had been rejected by the Waitaki District Health Services Ltd (WDHS) because it would seriously affect health services in Oamaru.

By Ruby Harfield

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