9 Apr 2018

Underfunding behind DHBs budget blowout - senior doctors

From Morning Report, 6:14 am on 9 April 2018

Senior doctors are blaming under-funding for a big blowout in district health boards debts. Latest Health Ministry figures show DHBs will be in the red to the tune of $189 million by the end of the financial year, on June 30. And that total could hit $225 million when a pay claim by nurses is factored in. Ian Powell is the executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists. He told our health correspondent Karen Brown the reason for the growing deficit is simple.