Add Canterbury to the list of DHBs in trouble:
The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has warned “significant service cuts of unprecedented scale” will be needed if the Government does not approve its planned deficit.
Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show the Ministry of Health (MOH) is at loggerheads with the CDHB over a $54 million deficit blowout in its draft annual plan for this financial year.
DHBs are required to get ministry approval for deficits but director general of health Chai Chuah told the CDHB in March that a $61m deficit (the CDHB has since said the correct figure was $54m) was “unlikely to be acceptable”. …
Here’s some context for this mess:
Southern hospitals bear the brunt of Government underfunding
Southern DHB in a ‘slow motion train crash’
700 surgeries postponed as Auckland hospitals struggle to cope
Hardware store tools used in surgeries
Doctors say a crisis looms due to funding and GP shortage
Release of ‘damning’ Ministry of Health review delayed
Frustration, disappointment over health funding in Budget 2017
$2.3 billion shortfall in health
Leaked document shows 10 District Health Boards face budget cuts: King
New Zealand’s declining health care system is slipping behind other countries
and so on, and so on…
Meanwhile National found $10b down the back of the sofa for roads roads roads. Don’t for goodness sake have an accident while driving, because at this rate there will be no one there to patch you up afterwards.