Northland District Health Board is holding back its annual report to the Government as chief executive Nick Chamberlain battles a financial crisis amounting to a $7.5 million deficit this year after underfunding of almost $30m over three.
A Kaitaia doctor says people are dying and suffering in the region because of a lack of health funding.
New Zealand has too many district health boards and they should be cut by half to free up desperately needed health dollars, says one board member.
A cash-strapped district health board is considering using robots to replace staff and making GPs triage patients at medical centres in a desperate effort to claw back savings.
The Otago Daily Times reports Southern DHB's decided not to go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff following assaults on nurses.
From today all South Island district health boards will be using the same HealthOne electronic health records system.