27 Aug 2020

How will Canterbury DHB cuts impact vulnerable in community?

From Nine To Noon, 9:50 am on 27 August 2020
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There are fears over looming cuts to community health and well being programs funded by Canterbury DHB, as it attempts to get itself out of a fiscal black hole,  amid a leadership crisis and a pandemic. 

In its annual plan the DHB is looking to slash nearly 57 million dollars of savings, including $1.175m to community services. Vince Barry is Chief Executive of Pegasus Medical Group.

He is worried about cuts to primary care, including funding for GP services for vulnerable populations and education and healthy lifestyles programmes.