13 Oct 2009

PHO head confident Maori will do well in sector shake-up

8:38 am on 13 October 2009

The head of one of the country's largest social service agencies is confident Maori will do well in a major shake-up of the primary health sector.

Bids to provide regional primary care services close on Wednesday.

Waiora Health PHO chair John Tamihere told Waatea News that it's one of the biggest-ever reorganisations of the health sector.

He said reducing the number of public health organisations set up by the last Government should channel more money into care rather than administration.

Mr Tamihere also said Maori health providers are likely to challenge the decision in court if they miss out on contracts.