Coleman: DHB governance 'unlikely' to be changed

  • 27/07/2015
Jonathan Coleman (File)
Jonathan Coleman (File)

A leaked document which shows the Government's considering slashing democratically elected positions on district health boards is deceitful and sneaky, says Labour.

But Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says he hasn't even read the "stolen report", and isn't anticipating a major shake-up.

The leaked report, which was commissioned by the director-general of health, proposes a major overhaul of DHB governance, including replacing elected board members with Government-appointed ones.

Dr Coleman told Radio New Zealand the document was a third party report and he'd only just been given it.

"This is a long long way from being Government policy," he said.

"Changes to DHB governance are not top of my list and as I say I think it's pretty unlikely."

But Labour's health spokeswoman Annette King says it's underhanded of the Government to radically change the structure when National didn't signal the change at last year's election.

"To call it devious is an understatement," she said.

"Kiwis are sick and tired of this endless restructuring. They would much prefer their money to be spent on better services than on this sort of empire-building."

It was "just not believable" that Dr Coleman hadn't read the report, she said.