DHB seeks more info from alliance

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 05:00 05/02/2014

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The Southern Healthcare Alliance Leadership Team was criticised by the Southern District Health Board at an advisory meeting yesterday.

The alliance was established last July to establish better integration between primary and secondary health care providers, but is yet to reveal clear work plans.

Southern District Health Board chairwoman Sandra Cook said she was disappointed with the half-page report from the alliance.

"It is fair to say we [the board] are unhappy with this report. We think the Southern Primary Health Organisation got a more detailed report than this," she said.

The Alliance is contracted to the Southern DHB and responsible for funding allocation in key health sectors - including the new rural GP funding model.

Southern DHB member Kaye Crowther said "more could be read in the paper than in the report".

The board recommended SHALT release clear timelines and objectives.

In the report released to the Southern DHB, SHALT says it has prioritised five key areas of health services and was establishing smaller teams of industry officials to develop work plans.

". . . key priorities of work will form the basis of Service Level Alliance Teams . . ."

The report says the alliance will focus on community enablers, community and hospital pharmaceuticals, diagnostics services, outpatient services and rural health.

SHALT independent chairman Robin Gauld said it was a problem facing every health board in the country and they would be working through the process of how they reported.

"It is still early stages but we hope in the next month or two we will get a work plan out," he said.

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