Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie welcomes passing of legislation

Invercargill news
Thursday, May 12, 2016

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie welcomes the passing of the New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Southern DHB) Elections Bill in Parliament today.

“This Bill extends the tenure of the Commissioner team to allow them to continue to improve the DHB’s performance, living within our means and achieving a sustainable model for delivering quality healthcare across the region,” Ms Dowie says. 

The current term of the Commissioner Team expires this year. This legislation extends the term of the Commissioner team to 2019.

“The Commissioner team is working hard and taking the time to listen to patients and staff.  The team is putting in place measures to deliver a quality healthcare service moving forward. Prior to the Commissioner team being put in place in June 2015 my constituent enquires relating to the DHB were 11.5%.  From July 2015 to April 2016 that figure has fallen to 7.7%,” Sarah Dowie says.

“An improved deficit position of $35.9 million is now expected in this 2015/16 year, and I am hopeful that with the continued support of hard working staff, we could get down to around $30 million next year.

“As the elected representative of our southern-most electorate, I can assure Southlanders the National-led Government is committed to ensuring the provision of the most effective and efficient healthcare for all residents of the south, including those in rural and urban centres.”

“I want to thank the Labour Party for their constructive and bipartisan support of this Bill,” Ms Dowie said.