The public has a right to know that Southern District Health
Board is shifting $3.9 million of liabilities from the last
financial year in to the future, hospital advisory committee
member Richard Thomson says.
Primary health organisations (PHOs) will probably remain
outside freedom of information law because they are not
statutory bodies, the lead commissioner of a major review of
the Official Information Act (OIA) says.
Concerns an unregulated "second-class" carer workforce is
being created by the burgeoning "individualised funding" (IF)
scheme for the disabled are revealed in an evaluation
commissioned by the Ministry of Health.
No official feedback has been received on the free
after-hours medical care for children under 6, but it seems
to be working in participating GP practices, Southern Primary
Health Organisation chief executive Ian Macara says.