29 Sep 2010

DHBs plan to merge back-office functions

5:35 pm on 29 September 2010

District health boards in Auckland and Northland are planning to merge back-office and administrative roles in a bid to save money.

The DHBs say the efficiencies gained from such a move would save at least $30 million over five years.

Involved in the planned merger of non-clinical functions are Auckland, Counties Manukau, Waitemata and Northland DHBs.

Back-office functions include accounts and finance, purchasing information and other services - areas where up to 450 people are currently employed across the four DHBs.

Purchasing items as bandages, clinical products and telecommunications costs the DHBs $400 million a year.

The district health boards say efficiencies gained from reducing duplication would free-up funding for health services.

The boards say all staff would transfer to the new agency but redundancies would be likely later.

Public consultation is being sought and a decision is expected in early November.