Taranaki DHB embraces new health system changes
21 April 2021
Today’s announcement by the Government signals its shift in how the health and disability system will operate in the future in terms of policy decisions, funding and commissioning, and the delivery of services at a national and wider regional level.
Taranaki District Health Board chair Cassandra Crowley says “Our DHB will work closely with the Government on the implementation of these changes and will continue to work collaboratively as we transition towards the new structure and system.”
Ms Crowley says Taranaki DHB remains focused on providing excellent levels of healthcare and support for the people in our region.
“The health of our community is what matters most —people and partnership remain at the heart of what we do.
“We remain committed to intensifying support and improving equitable health outcomes for Māori, Pacific people and those living with disability, mental illness and addiction.
“In Taranaki we already make use of the more complex specialist services available in neighbouring regions such as heart surgery in Waikato. The reforms are designed to make access to this type of health care across regions easier.
“We will always have health services on the ground for the people of Taranaki, this won’t change.”
Ms Crowley confirms that Project Maunga Stage Two of the Base Hospital redevelopment will continue to progress, as well as the new services being provided in the South Taranaki community.
“Stage Two of the Base hospital redevelopment is well on track with enabling works underway for our new renal building and new East Wing building.
“In South Taranaki we will continue to offer high quality, accessible, sustainable and culturally responsive primary and community services through our new South Taranaki Rural Health model, including our new GP clinic which is progressing as planned.”
For more information on the new health system announcements please click here.
Last updated: Wednesday, April 21, 2021