Health board raises concerns over Christchurch Hospital service failure risk
A two-year delay by the Ministry of Health to develop facilities at Christchurch Hospital has created a risk of service failure, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) members say.
The board’s frustrations were made clear in resolutions from a publicly excluded March meeting to discuss a ministry-commissioned business case for the development of hospital facilities.
Among the resolutions released to Stuff, it was noted quake-related repairs had not been undertaken and when the acute services building opens in September 2019, Canterbury will be left with both a bed and theatre shortage.
The board would be unable to meet its statutory obligations, including sustaining safe and appropriate health services, a safe and appropriate work environment, managing services within its funding envelope and ensuring its facilities were appropriately insured, the resolutions said.