29 Jul 2013

No accountability for funding seen by College of Midwives

9:34 am on 29 July 2013

The College of Midwives fears that district health boards have no accountability to the public about how funding intended for first-time mothers is being spent.

In 2009, Health Minister Tony Ryall allocated $38 million over four years to help the women stay longer in birthing facilities.

While 10 district health boards report that since then the average stay has increased, eight boards report it has actually reduced.

The College of Midwives says everyone relies on the goodwill of the DHBs to ensure the money stays in maternity services.