A proposed restructure of Waikato District Health Board's executive leadership team will trim the number of senior managers reporting directly to the chief executive by seven.
Waikato District Health Board is forecasting a grim financial year with a budget deficit of $21.8 million proposed.
Taxpayers forked out almost $66 million last year to pay 444 people to run the country's 20 district health boards.
A long-standing senior manager at the Hawke's Bay District Health Board has resigned amid an independent inquiry, which found she had misused public money, although there was no indication it had been used for her own pecuniary gain.
Dr Tom Watson, the Waikato District Health Board chief medical officer is stepping down from the DHB's top clinical role, one he has held for 10 years.
Northland District Health Board CEO Nick Chamberlain has spent $119,487 of taxpayers' money on travel, training and meetings in three years - the third highest of all 20 DHB bosses.
Patients are not at risk and on-site blood services continue as usual, despite Whangarei Hospital's blood bank accreditation being put on-hold, says the Northland District Health Board.
A sizable cheque has been donated this morning to help buy more medical equipment for children at Tauranga and Whakatane hospitals.