Capital & Coast DHBMonday 13 August 2012, 11:55AM
Media release from Capital & Coast DHB
Traditionally Capital & Coast DHB has been able to give
additional funding to a number of primary care providers. As part
of its 2011/12 Annual Plan the amount of funding was
reviewed. A number of providers were affected by this,
including Newtown Union Health Service.
At its Board meeting today the decision made in 2011/12 was
upheld. The Board did not increase the amount of funding available
to Newtown Union.
Board Chair Dr Virginia Hope said they had given a petition,
presented at the June Board meeting, a great deal of consideration.
"The Board acknowledges that Newtown Union Health Service performs
a valuable service and works with a high needs population. This has
always been, and continues to be, recognised in the substantial
additional funding that it receives," said Dr Hope.
In making its decision the Board Chair said it was not easy, but
they needed to be fair and reasonable across the district.
CCDHB CEO Mary Bonner said this service change was about living
within our means and that Newtown Union were advised more than a
year ago that CCDHB would exit the Community Services contract,
worth $273,494, and that the savings were to be ongoing.
"Newtown Union practice covers 2.3% of the people enrolled in
general practices in CCDHB's area, which includes Porirua and
Kapiti. It has 6% of the high needs population and receives 26% of
the discretionary funding that goes to GPs and PHOs, over and above
their core service funding for GP visits and service to improve
access funding," said Mrs Bonner.
Of the $3 million in funding Newtown Union receives annually, just
under $1 million is for first contact services - or their core
"For this particular practice, on top of the $1 million core
funding, CCDHB continues to fund an additional $1.5 million per
annum to support Newtown Union's vulnerable population. This is
used for helping refugees and immigrants, primary mental health,
diabetes program, immunisation and other work focused on those with
high needs," said Mrs Bonner. "There is no other practice in our
region that has this level of extra funding."
Capital & Coast has always indicated a willingness to work
with NUHS to identify how to best configure service provision to
support their practice population.