Auckland will get the lion's share of health finance jobs
to be removed from Southern District Health Board under a
More than 50 finance, supply chain, and procurement roles
were affected by the Health Benefits Ltd proposal released to
staff on Friday, and about half of the jobs would be either
shifted north or eliminated.
The crown-owned entity is centralising jobs in a move touted
to save $500 million over a decade.
The board, which had annual revenue of nearly $850 million
last year, would retain 11.7 finance roles on-site, and 17.1
finance jobs would be relocated. Of those, 11.8 go to
Auckland, another three head to Auckland, Wellington, or
Christchurch, while other roles are eliminated.
Relocated procurement and supply chain jobs would be shared
between Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. Dunedin and
Invercargill would retain 15 supply chain and procurement
The board's finance function was centralised to Dunedin a
couple of years ago.
Board members contacted yesterday saw the logic of trying to
save money, but there was disappointment the South was losing
Board member Tim Ward, of Invercargill, believed senior DHB
staff advocated Dunedin or Invercargill as sites for
relocated jobs. However, he expected HBL had been lobbied by
many boards keen to benefit from the relocated jobs.
Board member Kaye Crowther, of Invercargill, could see the
irony of discussing the powerlessness of the board the day
after a health board election.
''As board members, there isn't an awful lot that we'll be
able to do about it.''
Board member Branko Sijnja, of Dunedin, said he was always
sad when Southern jobs were lost.
''It's a national procurement programme, and I'm afraid we're
stuck with it.''
Board member Richard Thomson was torn as he was keen to see
money saved for patient care, but he worried about the
gutting of the regions.
New board member Mary Gamble, of Central Otago, said
accumulating job losses reduced the area's population, which
reduced the South's health funding. Staff submissions on the
proposal close on November 1.