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October 26, 2011

Business case and Feedback on Buller Integrated Family Health Centre

West Coast DHB is happy to release the report "Building a Better Buller Health System: Buller Integrated Family Health Centre Development Plan & Indicative / Strategic Business Case" together with copies of the written submissions received from the public, staff and unions regarding the proposed Buller Integrated Family Health Centre.

At their meeting on Friday October 14 the DHB Board adopted the following recommendations concerning the Buller Integrated Family Health Centre:

  1. endorse the Buller IFHC model of care;
  2. approve changes in information systems, organisation development, and systems and processes required to achieve the new model of care;
  3. agree that a single site solution is the preferred option for the Buller;
  4. approve in principle the development of a global budget for Buller health services under a service alliance framework;
  5. approve in principle the aggregation of aged residential care services in Buller under a single provider;
  6. note that the process for identifying the preferred provider of ARC services will include:
    1. Discussions between the Chair and CE and all the O'Conor Trust trustees;
    2. Consultation with staff and unions as required;
  7. note the facility redevelopment options and the financial implications set out in the business case;
  8. note that the capital cost estimates are provisional pending detailed design, but that they include contingency allowances;
  9. authorise management to enter into negotiations with possible facility development partners;
  10. note that the required processes with the National Capital Committee and Treasury will be put in place;
  11. note that management will report back to the December board meeting with an update on a proposed site and proposed greenfields / brownfields solution.

The business case has some sections removed for commercial sensitivity and names have been removed from the submitted feedback to protect the privacy of individual respondents.

The business case and feedback received can be viewed on the West Coast DHB website.

Copies of the business case and feedback received will also be sent to reception at Buller Health, reception at Buller Health Medical Centre, the Westport library, Buller REAP, Buller District Council and the Westport iSite Visitor & Information Centre.

The DHB apologises for any typographic errors that may have occurred when handwritten submissions were typed out.


For further information please contact

Bryan Jamieson
Community Liaison Officer
West Coast DHB
PO Box 387
Greymouth 7840
Phone (DDI): (03) 769-7665
Mobile: 027 245-9595
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