Why not merge the DHBs?

Stuff reports:

Two Wellington region will have one boss to run them both.

Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley district health boards have confirmed that they will appoint a joint chief executive to run operations.

The new boss will oversee health services across Kāpiti, Porirua, Wellington and Hutt Valley.

“This is about both boards being clear in the vision they want – a unified health service across the region that provides better and fairer access to the same excellent healthcare services,” said joint DHB chairman Andrew Blair in a statement.

“We know that, with growing demand on health services, we need to take a closer look at how we operate and deliver services.

“Having a united vision and approach across our regions will be essential to ensuring we are best placed to meet demand, improve the wellbeing of our communities, and to continue our strong relationship with our neighbouring DHBs.”

A regional approach to health services makes a lot of sense, so all in favour of a joint CEO. I note they also have a joint Chair.

Sowhy not go the whole hog, and merge the two DHBs entirely. Am sure there would be considerable cost savings, and should lead to better health outcomes.

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