Dis­en­chanted DHB mem­bers with­draw

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Two Porirua board mem­bers, Bar­bara Don­ald­son and Mar­garet Faulkner, are stand­ing down from the Cap­i­tal and Coast Dis­trict Health Board this year, cit­ing frus­tra­tion with min­is­te­rial con­trol.

Ms Don­ald­son, a for­mer hos­pi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tor, has served a sin­gle term on the board.

She said she wanted to con­cen­trate on rep­re­sent­ing Porirua and Tawa as a re­gional coun­cil­lor and on her in­ter­na­tional health work, mon­i­tor­ing health ser­vice qual­ity.

‘‘I feel I can be more use in bet­ter ways than on the board,’’ she said.

Ms Don­ald­son said she felt the board’s role was quite re­stricted.

‘‘The min­is­ter ba­si­cally ap­proves the bud­get . . . sets the tar­gets we have to match, de­cides the di­rec­tion we can go in,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s much harder to feel you are meet­ing the needs of your pop­u­la­tion. You do your best, but it’s within re­stricted pa­ram­e­ters.’’

The Cap­i­tal and Coast Board out-per­formed many of its peer boards, but was chron­i­cally un­der­funded to pro­vide ter­tiary ser­vices and had bat­tled a long­stand­ing debt prob­lem, Ms Don­ald­son said.

‘‘At the same time you are try­ing to meet tar­gets like a six­hour stay in the emer­gency depart­ment,’’ she said.

Ms Faulkner said there was a mix­ture of rea­sons for her res­ig­na­tion and some were po­lit­i­cal.

‘‘ I have prob­lems. I don’t al­ways agree with the way we are count­ing achieve­ment and not count­ing qual­ity,’’ she said.

There had been much de­bate about coun­cil amal­ga­ma­tions, but the same thing was hap­pen­ing to health boards by stealth, she said.

‘‘We have got a di­rec­tion from the min­is­ter that he wants re­gional ser­vices, not just lo­cal ser­vices,’’ Ms Faulkner.

‘‘To me there is just a lot of un­rest about how that will be done.

‘‘Will it be done on client sat­is­fac­tion and health care?’’

For­mer Porirua mayor Jenny Brash worked with Ms Faulkner for many years at the board and said she would be a huge loss.

‘‘The amount of work she does is colos­sal,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not just a case of skim­ming through a few board meet­ing pa­pers.

‘‘She has a lot of wis­dom and a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence to base it on.’’

Re­stricted: Bar­bara Don­ald­son

Un­rest: Mar­garet Faulkner

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