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Jobs threatened as $700m cuts bite DHB spending

A multimillion-dollar revamp is under way for District Health Boards to streamline their scattered IT infrastructure.

Combined, 20 DHBs spend $60 million to $70 million annually on piecemeal data centres, backup devices and other massive hardware systems.

It is part of a five-year $700 million pruning of the health budget which early next year will see Health Benefits (HBL), the Crown-owned company responsible for saving millions on nonclinical expenses, roll out a campaign which changes the way goods and services are purchased, ordered, shared and stored.

 

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