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Assurances health services won't be disrupted in the middle of a winter rush as the system restructures.
The nation's 20 District Health Boards were officially scrapped today to make way for one centralised agency – Health New Zealand.
The Maori Health Authority has also launched, and will be responsible for ensuring the system works well for Tangata Whenua.
Meanwhile, hospital emergency departments countrywide report unprecedented demand.
Health New Zealand top boss Margie Apa told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's a tough winter and there are a few more months to go.
“One of the things I’ve done is kept some of the current leadership structure for another three to six months so that people who are running frontline services still have the right people supporting them.”