Coun­cil­lors raise DHB in­te­gra­tion con­cerns

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Con­cern for plans to in­te­grate hospi­tal ser­vices in the re­gion have been raised by Porirua City coun­cil­lors.

Cap­i­tal & Coast District Health Board chair­woman Vir­ginia Hope gave a pre­sen­ta­tion to the city coun­cil’s com­mit­tee on March 14. While Wairarapa, Hutt Val­ley and Cap­i­tal & Coast boards will not merge, they plan to bring clin­i­cal ser­vices to­gether, es­pe­cially in pri­mary and hospi­tal care.

‘‘We’re build­ing on re­la­tion­ships that are al­ready there, in or­der to im­prove the qual­ity of pa­tient care across the re­gion. It’s a process of evo­lu­tion, not rev­o­lu­tion.’’

Com­mon poli­cies and pro­to­cols would be es­tab­lished, along with stream­lined gov­er­nance, such as one se­nior man­age­ment team, HR, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, IT and sin­gle dis­abil­ity and other ad­vi­sory com­mit­tees.

Coun­cil­lor Ken Dou­glas said re­cent crit­i­cisms of C&CDHB’s per­for­mance and di­rec­tion needed to be ad­dressed, but Ms Hope said the health board was com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing health ser­vices across the re­gion.

Cap­i­tal & Coast board mem­ber Mar­garet Faulkner told Kapi-Mana News be­fore the meet­ing that bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion was re­quired to in­form the com­mu­nity about what the 3DHB con­cept means.

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