5 Apr 2012

Indebted DHBs look to collaborate to cut costs

4:55 am on 5 April 2012

Three indebted district health boards told MPs on Wednesday they are stepping up plans to collaborate over services to help cut costs.

The Capital & Coast, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs appeared before Parliament's health select committee.

Capital & Coast DHB, which has the largest DHB deficit, told the committee it should cut that to $20 million this year.

It says it is pursuing back-office savings with neighbouring DHBs.

Hutt Valley DHB says it should break even, but Wairarapa DHB said it faces a $4 million deficit, despite cutting costs.

It said it is looking at improved collaboration to keep within budget.

The MPs were told that joint services would also ease workforce pressures.