3 Dec 2010

Health board says cuts on track

5:02 pm on 3 December 2010

Capital & Coast District Health Board says it is on track to cut spending by $27 million this financial year - but will not disclose how the savings are being made.

The board, in releasing its latest annual plan, repeated the need for the spending cuts.

The debt-laden board, which has a budgeted deficit this year of $48 million, announced in March that it would cut $27 million.

The annual plan says the savings are spelled out in a financial recovery plan, which the board has not released, but it says it is $1 million ahead of its $27 million target this year.

In March, it said it would cut $17 million from hospital services and $10 million from community and primary healthcare services.

Newly elected board member David Choat says the spending cuts should be reversed, but the Government is sticking to its requirement that all district health boards work towards breaking even.

It says Capital & Coast has received an extra $57 million in the past two years.