Today (Wednesday 21 April 2021) the Government announced decisions around the future shape and structure of the New Zealand health and disability system. The changes are based on the Health and Disability System Review that was completed in June last year.
Could you please share the following information from Hauora Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Jim Green and Board Chair Kim Ngarimu with Maanaki Tairawhiti?
Significant changes are coming to the structure of New Zealand’s health system, says Hauora Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Jim Green. “It is important to reassure people that in the short term our health services will continue as these changes are put into place. You will still see your GP, your local medical centre will continue to operate as will your optometrist, physiotherapist and, dentist. Gisborne Hospital will still be here.
It will take 15 months to stand up the new system. Before that, legislation will be passed.”
The government says that the reforms aim to improve the quality, consistency and equity of care through a health system that is both closer to communities and more nationally connected. It is also to remove the obstacles that too often get in the way of nationally consistent and coordinated services.
In Tairāwhiti demand for healthcare continues to grow which is placing pressure on already stretched resources, says Hauora Tairāwhiti Chief Executive Jim Green. “Inequity of health outcomes for our Māori population is a feature of health in Tairāwhiti that we are constantly working to address. Many of the changes will support Māori decision-making, and direct commissioning of more kaupapa Māori and te ao Māori-grounded services, and co-commissioning of other health services. We have seen in Tairāwhiti that this has been very effective.”
Hauora Tairāwhiti Board Chair Kim Ngarimu says “the commitment to Tiriti partnerships and a new way of working through the Māori Health Authority is an exciting development, providing for a much stronger iwi and Māori influence across the system as a whole”.
Key changes in the system will be:
For Tairāwhiti the early signalled benefits will be:-