A former District Health Board chairman says DHBs are handling a double-edged sword, being under funded and in need of a restructure.
The government is been forced to pour $142 million into seven DHBs, after being warned hospital workers' pay could be affected otherwise.
Gregor Coster, who's now the Victoria University Dean of Health, says DHBs need to do anything they can to make the system work.
He told Mike Hosking the government is accountable for how services are delivered.
"NZ does overall have a good health system and compared to many we are very fortunate. But changes are necessary."
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