The proposed public-private partnership at Lakes District
Hospital, Queenstown, is not like projects overseas that caused
concern about fairness and cost to the public purse, Southern
District Health Board members were told yesterday.
The board unanimously passed a set of resolutions to enable
the development of a public-private partnership on Crown
Health Minister Tony Ryall will be asked to approve the
Board chairman Joe Butterfield was keen to dispel doubts
raised by member Dr John Chambers about using public-private
partnerships for health services.
Overseas, they had become in some cases a ''contract lawyers'
festival'' because of the huge complexity involved.
Mr Butterfield said the Queenstown proposal was much more
straightforward and similar developments had been approved in
other parts of the country.
Chief executive Carole Heatly said the health board owned the
land, which private providers would build on, with a long
lease, she said.
Deputy chairman Tim Ward said the arrangement was more that
of landlord and tenant than public-private partnership.
Board member Neville Cook said the old Southland health board
had wanted to do something similar a decade ago, so he was
pleased to see it finally taking shape.
It allowed the development of an integrated health complex
the board could never afford on its own.
Board member Richard Thomson hoped the health campus was
planned so services fitted together and were not simply
located together because of assumed benefits.
Ms Heatly said the plan was to provide multiple services for
patients in one place, similar to how a department store
Dr Chambers said he still had questions about the
''public-private partnership that's not a public-private
partnership'', and wanted details about financing, planning
These would be detailed in upcoming reports, Ms Heatly said.
Providers include Southern Cross, which might develop a
surgical facility, and Bupa, which is already located on-site
and might extend its aged care facilities.