A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between MidCentral DHB and Capital and Coast DHB was signed in July 2019, formalising the existing working arrangements between the neighbouring district health boards.
Residents of Ōtaki and Te Horo are part of MidCentral DHB, and receive most of their health services from there. However, since 2004 residents have been able to access services at Capital & Coast DHB if it is more convenient for them.
In 2018, a close working partnership between the two DHBs was reaffirmed and it was agreed that the original arrangement, which allows Ōtaki residents to access a range of Capital and Coast services, would continue.
The MoU offered greater visibility of the existing partnership and provided more confidence to people living in the Ōtaki community. It was formally signed by Kath Cook, Chief Executive of MidCentral DHB, and Rachel Haggerty, Director of Strategy, Innovation and Performance at Capital and Coast DHB.
The Memorandum of Understanding signifies the positive relationship MidCentral DHB has with Capital and Coast DHB,” said Ms Cook. “We will now be working even more closely with Capital and Coast to ensure people in Ōtaki and Te Horo have access to the healthcare they need to live healthy lives in a well community.”
Read the MoU (PDF)