What we should be saying to the Health Ministry and Waikato DHB

[…] Waikato DHB’s efforts to strike a balanced budget has been dealt a $10 million blow. Board members signed off on the 2017/18 budget on Wednesday despite warnings from staff the revised figures carried significant risks […]

[…] The DHB’s original draft budget showed a $39.4m deficit but was rejected by the Health Ministry…. Since then, DHB staff have devised a savings plan which reduced the forecasted deficit to $481,000 […]

[…] The Health Ministry has told the DHB it expects a break even budget but will not increase the board’s funding to cover the extra depreciation costs […]

[…] Board members voted to instruct staff to write to the Health Ministry, asking them to recognise the $10m depreciation swing could not be absorbed into the DHB’s budget […]

So, you want staff to write to the Health Ministry on the Board’s behalf.  If I worked for the DHB, I might be writing to the Health Ministry but with some very different comments and questions than what you are asking for.  For example, we agree health care is expensive, but that $50,000 of taxpayer healthcare dollars given to the Chiefs rugby franchise could have paid for someone’s care.

[…] Board chairman Bob Simcock said the board was obliged, under legislation, to deliver a break even budget. Simcock said there was a view that the DHB’s $1.45 billion budget did not adequately reflect population growth.  “These are conversations we can and should have but I don’t think they are the basis to simply walk away from our obligations to produce a break even budget,” he said […]


I agree Mr Simcock, conversations need to be had.  The conversation I would like to have with you is what is the outcome of the enquiry into the Chief Executive Nigel Murray’s spending irregularities?  Is My Murray back at work or is he still on leave?  The Board and the local news have been very quiet in that regard.

Time for the entire Board to get your budgeting act together or resign. Stop wasting money and then asking the government, the taxpayer, for more until you learn to spend wisely what you have.

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