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DHBs are underfunded, Labour says

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/09/2016

District Health Boards had a combined deficit of $54 million in the year to June and Labour says they aren't being given enough money to meet demand.

The figure is an improvement on the $66m the previous financial year but Labour's Annette King says it's worse than had been expected, which was about $19m.

There are 20 DHBs and Ms King says 13 are in deficit.

"DHBs say they are in trouble because they are not getting enough money to meet the increase in demand," she said.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says they're not underfunded and the important thing is that their deficits are reducing.

"You'd struggle to find a single service across New Zealand that isn't better than eight years ago," he said on RNZ.

"The key thing is we're providing more and more services all the time and we've got a very good health system that continues to get better."

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