Frequently asked questions regarding the centralAlliance are answered.
Are other district health boards collaborating in a similar way?
Yes. A number of DHBs are being encouraged to collaborate on clinical and support services. Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs are beginning a similar alliance The three Auckland DHBs, and Canterbury and West Coast have also established close working relationships.
Southland and Otago DHBs established a health alliance some years ago and the centralAlliance (Central Alliance) is using this as a model. Southland and Otago based their alliance on working together to develop a consistent, regional approach to health and disability service planning, resulting in health gains for their resident populations. Otago and Southland DHBs have gone one step further with the merger of the two DHBs as Southern DHB.
Who is leading the work?
The centralAlliance (Central Alliance) work being implemented is wholly consistent with the Minister of Health’s directive for collaboration between district health boards. The work is being led on behalf of the two DHBs by a sub-committee comprising the respective Board chair, Board deputy chair and CEOs of both DHBs.
Clinicians have been involved in the centralAlliance (Central Alliance) from the very beginning and their cooperation and insight will be continually and eagerly sought.
Does this mean both DHBs will combine?
The alliance will not change each DHB’s responsibilities under legislation to plan, provide and govern health and disability services in their respective districts.
What is happening now?
The centralAlliance (Central Alliance) developed a Foundation Agreement which has the Minister of Health’s support.
Each year, MidCentral and Whanganui DHBs identify initiatives to be jointly progressed. These initiatives form part of each DHB’s Annual Plan.