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Health Minister Clark says Southern DHB to ‘lift its performance’

12 July 2019 Stuff - Rachael Kelly

Health Minister David Clark says the Ministry of Health is working closely with the Southern District Health Board to support it to “lift its performance”.

The SDHB has hit the headlines recently amid allegations of inadequate care from patients, long wait times for treatment and rural birthing facilities that are not fit for purpose.

Clark said “the Southern DHB has faced a number of challenges over recent years, including workforce issues and ageing facilities.

“Many of these issues reflect a legacy of underfunding and short-term thinking by the previous Government.

“The Ministry of Health is working closely with the SDHB on a range of issues to support it to lift its performance.

“I have regular conversations with the Commissioner and the Southern District Health Board understands my clear expectation that it will continue to deliver the services that people of the South need and deserve.”

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