June 16, 2020
Māori Health Authority call in health sector review
The Government looks set to create a Māori Health Authority to advise on all aspects of Māori health policy and monitor how the health system is performing for Māori.
It’s one of the recommendations in the final report of the Health and Disability System Review.
Health Minister David Clark says the review found the system was complex and fragmented, and health services and workforce are under considerable stress.
It recommended reducing the number of district health boards from the current 20 down to 8 to 12 within five years, and making them purely appointed positions.
It also called for a greater focus on population health and the creation of a new crown entity, provisionally called Health NZ, focused on operational delivery of health and disability services and financial performance.
Dr Clark says Cabinet has accepted the case for reform, and the direction of travel outlined in the review.
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