June 18, 2020
Whanau Ora agency ready for health authority role
The chair of the North Island Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says there's no need to create a new Māori Health Authority when the role should be seen as part of the Whānau Ora kaupapa.
The authority was one of the recommendations of the Health and Disability Services Review.
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says it's time for Whānau Ora to stop being used as a political football and allowed to fulfil its potential.
"Enough is enough. We are saying an independent health entity, this is what it will be. This is what it needs to be. This is where the money must come to. We will be responsible for the distribution of that money and it must be significant and we will identify the providers that have the reach in the community that can make the quantum leap and the changes that are needed," she says.
Merepeka Raukawa-Tait says government have been thinking too small when it comes to Māori health outcomes.
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