scoop.co.nz 18 Mar, 2021 03:30 am

Pointer To Government Rethinking On District Health Boards?

Pointer To Government Rethinking On District Health Boards?
On 4 March I blogged on Otaihanga Second Opinion about recent indications that the Government was rethinking its position on one of the two main pillars of the structural overhaul of New Zealand’s health and disability system recommended by the Heather ...

The geographic size of Capital & Coast is over 700 square metres whereas Hutt Valley is over 900.The DHB with the much smaller population has a far greater geographic size – a massively contrasting over 5,900 square metres.Geographic size also means different health complexities.This is less so for Wairarapa, however, because of lack of proximity, its geographic size and its distinctive rural health complexities.

It doesn’t matter, for example, that Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs all considerably vary from each other in size (large, medium and small).Subject to making good clinical sense, there may be a case for a future merger of Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs because of having only one base hospital each and their close proximity (the same argument could apply to other situations such as MidCentral and Whanganui).

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