$10m deficit funding for Southern DHB

The Government has approved a $10 million cash injection for the Southern District Health Board for the 2011/12 financial year.

Health Minister Tony Ryall said it was a one-off payment so the board could pay its bills without going into overdraft.

"This Government has lifted the Southern DHB annual operating funding to a record $743m in the 2012/13 year - $89m more than four years ago," said Mr Ryall.

"On top of this we have now added an additional $38.6m over three years of deficit support. This means Southern DHB has received more than its population based share of health funding."

Mr Ryall defended propping up the DHB with funding, saying the Southern DHB would change how it operated to improve its financial performance.

"This includes more work with primary care networks around increasing care in the community and establishing common clinical pathways throughout the district," he said.

Southern DHB has been in deficit for a number of years. Last financial year they received $6.6m deficit support funding and $22m in 2009/10.


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