Progress on Ōamaru Hospital transfer

Published on 11 June 2024


Progress continues to be made on the smooth transfer of services at Oamaru Hospital. The conditions of the sale and purchase agreement between Waitaki District Health Services Ltd (WDHSL) and Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora, approved by Waitaki District Council, have been met and all staff currently employed by WDHSL have agreed to transfer to Health NZ.

Health NZ will assume operational control of the Ōamaru Hospital from 1 July 2024. It will also purchase WDHSL's clinical equipment, stock, and take over licences, equipment operating leases and service agreements.

WDC Chief Executive Alex Parmley says: We would like to thank Health NZ, the leadership of WDHSL and the hardworking and valued staff of the Ōamaru Hospital for their effort to ensure a seamless health service provision for the Waitaki District.”

Hamish Brown, Southern Group Director Operations, says that the local community is fortunate to have a wonderful team of dedicated healthcare professionals in Waitaki.

“We are delighted that all staff have accepted their offer of employment with Health NZ. Engagement has also started with local leaders on the Te Waka Hauora o Waitaki Health Futures project and we look forward to working with staff, service providers and the community to hear your ideas for the future on healthcare provision for the area.”