The Ministry of Health abandons its contractual role

Adam Gifford

John Whanga – The Ministry of Health abandons its contractual role

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The Ministry of Health is reconfiguring to take into account changes to the health system on July 1.

The Ministry of Health is reconfiguring to take into account changes to the health system on July 1.

This is the day the Maori Health Authority, Health New Zealand and the new public health agency within the ministry officially started.

A new Department for People with Disabilities and a Commission for Mental Health and Welfare are also on board.

Deputy Chief Executive for Maori Health John Whaanga said the department remains the lead agency for policy development, monitoring and responding to Treaty of Waitangi concerns.

But the health service improvement team that commissions and contracts services has already moved from its leadership to the Māori Health Authority.

“In all areas of the ministry that concerned the commissioning of services, the contracting out of services with a national vocation, all this went to

Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand and some also went to Māori Health Authority – Te Aka Whai Ora,” Mr Whaanga said.

The department will monitor the new agencies, which are responsible for more than $20 billion in health spending, to ensure they deliver what ministers and the public are looking for.


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