17 Feb 2010

New governance of Hawke's Bay DHB 'working well'

4:09 pm on 17 February 2010

Parliament has been told new governance arrangements for Hawke's Bay District Health Board have worked well.

Hawke's Bay health oficials also told the health select committee that the debt-plagued DHB could be back in the black within two years.

The incoming National Government installed a governance board to run the Hawke's Bay DHB following internal divisions which led the former Labour-led government to sack the board.

The commissioner of the DHB, businessman Sir John Anderson, said the governance board - incorporating former elected board members - has managed affairs well and the DHB has settled down.

The DHB also said it expects to bring its approximately $6.2 million deficit down to almost $5 million by the end of this year.