The Minister of Health, Dr David Clark has announced a wide-ranging review designed to future-proof our health and disability services and has appointed Ms Heather Simpson as Chair of the review.
The first phase will finalise the terms of reference and recommend members for an expert review panel that will be presented to Cabinet later in the year.
For this initial phase Ms Simpson will be supported by Ministry of Health and Treasury staff.
A recruitment process will be followed to appoint secretariat staff once Cabinet has agreed to the terms of reference and an expert review panel.
The panel will seek independent advice and analysis and engage with DHBs, primary care, health professionals and the public in developing its recommendations.
The review panel will then provide an interim report by July 2019 and a final report by 31 January 2020.