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PHO merger to maximise front-line health services for Wellington and Porirua

Compass Health PHO and Well Health Trust PHO Thursday 16 February 2017, 04:37PM

Joint media release from Compass Health PHO and Well Health Trust PHO

Representitives from Compass Health and Well Health Primary Health Organisations announced today an intention to enter into a merger agreement over the coming months.

‘Increased general practice pressures, care complexity, inadequate funding and rapid technological change, continue to impact the services we can deliver within our high needs community,’ says Dr Bryan Betty – Well Health Chair. ‘This collaboration sees us ensure as much resource as possible goes into our health centres, so they are sustainable and can continue to offer the very best primary care for our many high needs patients.’

‘This merger brings with it many collaborative benefits,’ says Compass Health Chair Dr Larry Jordan, ‘combining the strengths of both organisations to maximise frontline health resource and services for the benefit of over 300,000 Wellington and Porirua people.’

‘As part of the merger arrangements we will be forming a Council to represent our Very Low Cost Access practices’ says Dr Betty. ‘These practices have high need populations with specific requirements that we do not want to get missed in the overall service planning and delivery processes.’

While discussions continue, joint staff, patient and stakeholder communication will continue to ensure a smooth and seamless transition,’ says Dr Jordan. Patient services provided by Compass Health, Well Health and their respective general practice teams will continue as usual,’ he says.

Additional information:

Well Health Trust is a not for profit, community-led primary health care network providing a range of health services to the communities of Wellington and Porirua to 13,500 patients via its three member practices (Porirua Union Community Health Service, Newtown Union Health Service and Evolve Youth Service) and other contracted providers.

Compass Health is a leading New Zealand Primary Health Organisation with a network of 60 general practices providing quality primary health care services to around 290,000 people across the Wellington, Porirua, Wairarapa, and Kapiti areas.

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