DHB’S slim sur­plus hopes

South Waikato News - - Motoring - AARON LEAMAN

The Waikato DHB has ruled out achiev­ing a sur­plus this fi­nan­cial year, say­ing it might strug­gle to break even.

The re­vised out­look was pre­sented by Waikato DHB’S chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer An­drew Mc­cur­die at the board’s Fe­bru­ary meet­ing.

Staff had pre­vi­ously fore­cast a $4.5 mil­lion sur­plus for the year but Mc­cur­die said the board was now aim­ing to break even.

How­ever, achiev­ing a break even re­sult would be ‘‘ex­tremely chal­leng­ing’’, he warned.

‘‘We have com­mu­ni­cated that back to the Min­istry...and I haven’t had the phone call to say what the hell is go­ing on,’’ he said.

Mc­cur­die’s re­port said a num­ber of un­ex­pected and un­con­trol­lable costs had been in­curred dur­ing the 2016/17 fi­nan­cial year.

Over the past few years, the health board’s costs had grown at a faster rate than rev­enue and there­fore eroded the board’s abil­ity to re­spond to un­ex­pected costs.

Board mem­ber Mary Anne Gill was con­cerned by nurs­ing costs - which was $4.5 mil­lion un­favourable to bud­get - and the higher than planned use of locums.

Waikato DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Mur­ray said health boards were un­der a lot of pres­sure.

There had a been a lot of ex­tra­or­di­nary items the Waikato DHB had to deal with since its bud­get was writ­ten up.

CHRISTEL YARDLEY/FAIR­FAX NZ

Waikato DHB chief ex­ec­u­tive Nigel Mur­ray says dis­trict health boards across the coun­try are un­der pres­sure.

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