The Government has named nine areas that will play a key role under sweeping health reforms soon to be implemented.
From July, the country's 20 district health boards will be abolished and replaced by organisations known as localities.
The first of these were named yesterday; they're Ōtara, Hauraki, Taupō, Wairoa, Whanganui, Porirua, West Coast, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Horowhenua.
They'll organise health services for their communities, but a region of high health need - Northland - wasn't included.
General Practice Owners' Association GENPRO chair Dr Tim Malloy, who's a longstanding GP leader in Northland spoke to Corin Dann.