Archive: 21/04/2021

The new health system announcements

On 21 April Ministers Hon Andrew Little, Hon Peeni Henare and Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall announced the Government’s response to the Health and Disability System Review. 

To summarise the decisions:

  1. all DHBs will be replaced by one national organisation, Health NZ, from 1 July 2022, when DHB employees will transfer to the new organisation
  2. A new Māori Health Authority will have the power to commission health services, monitor the state of Māori health and develop policy
  3. A new Public Health Agency will be created within Health New Zealand
  4. A strengthened Ministry of Health will monitor performance and advise Government

Nelson Marlborough Health Chief Executive Lexie O'Shea has offered a response to the announcements. This includes the assurance to our community that community, primary and secondary health and disability services continue, now and in the future under the Government’s reform plan where DHB employees transfer to the new agency, Health New Zealand, on 1 July 2022.


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