The Southern District Health Board has refused to release a
report it commissioned that identified $30 million in health
The board cited commercial sensitivity and its right to
conduct negotiations in its decision yesterday.
The PricewaterhouseCoopers report was part of work for which
the cash-strapped board paid $358,000 to the business
The report, which identified the savings over a three-year
period, was presented to the board's closed-door audit and
risk committee earlier this month.
The board has previously said the money would be saved
through better use of the primary care sector, fast-tracking
patients through hospital and better aligning staff rosters
The Otago Daily Times has complained to the Office of
the Ombudsman about the board's refusal to release the