What’s going on in our health care system when the well respected head of a DHB resigns, saying he cannot cut costs any further without undermining patient care. The Dom Post is reporting:
Ken Whelan (chief executive of Capital & Coast District Health Board) announced his resignation yesterday as chief executive of Capital & Coast District Health Board, which he has led since April 2008…He said there was no more room to cut the district health board’s costs, despite Government pressure to do so. “I cannot see where any more major efficiency can come from without negatively impacting on services.”
Board members, including chairman Sir John Anderson, backed his statements, saying any further savings would “cut into muscle”.
In case anyone has forgotten what a mess National made of health in the 1990s, this is a handy summary from Brian Easton here. The growth in hospital deficits was just part of it.