WDHB passes six resolutions on Regional Women's Health Service

11 March 2016
Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) passed six resolutions today signalling its strong desire for the Whanganui and MidCentral DHBs to move forward collaboratively following the recent release of the Regional Women’s Health Service report.
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson says the board acknowledged there had been problems in the service which had resulted in the commissioning of the report.
“However, the board was very clear that it’s critical we continue to work collaboratively with MidCentral to ensure the future of women’s health across the two districts,” Mrs Patterson said.
“There are vulnerabilities in having a small service and advantages to be gained by working collaboratively as part of a wider group.”
The WDHB resolved to:
  1. Receive the paper titled ‘Review of the Regional Women’s Health Service’.
  2. Agree that further review of the Regional Women’s Health Service is not required at this point.
  3. Reconfirm that the strategy of collaboration for women’s health with MidCentral DHB must be maintained and strengthened.
  4. Agree that the management aspects of the Regional Women’s Health Service be redesigned and that the Whanganui and MidCentral DHB chief executives develop advice for the board by 1 July 2016, as to how the service will look in the future.
  5. Agree that the chief executives’ advice will include development of a collaborative framework for monitoring of, and reporting on, the service.
  6. Request that a report on the women’s service, including the risks and mitigation measures is included in each future board agenda.