3 Apr 2012

New training unit to be cut

3:12 pm on 3 April 2012

Waikato District Health Board is proposing to get rid of a professional development unit set up last year.

The unit is responsible for the professional development of social workers, dieticians, and physiotherapists.

Allied Health group manager Di Peers says the unit has not delivered on its aim of improving services, and removing it would save the board money without impacting on direct patient care.

The board faces a funding shortfall of $20 million in the coming financial year. It also needs to save $5 million in each of the following two years.

Consultation on the proposal closes at the end of April.