21 Apr 2021

Health Minister Andrew Little explains major health overhaul

From Checkpoint, 6:11 pm on 21 April 2021

The government has unveiled sweeping new health changes in a bid to resuscitate an ailing inequitable system, that's ended in a postcode lottery.

All 20 DHBs are being scrapped along with democratically elected boards. In their place, Health NZ will have four regional branches and district offices, and a board appointed by the Minister.

A dedicated Māori health unit is being set-up with commissioning powers. And a budget yet to be decided.

Health Minister Andrew Little explains why he thinks this system will be better than what we have now.