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DHB Turns To Atomic Physicist To Get Out Of Financial Strife

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DHB Turns To Atomic Physicist To Get Out Of Financial Strife

Dunedin, Jan 11 NZPA - The Nelson Marlborough District Health Board is drawing inspiration from the region's most famous son, Ernest Rutherford, to try and overcome a $10 million shortfall.

The NMDHB has adopted the "Rutherford Initiative" that comes from Rutherford's quote: "We haven't got the money, so now we've got to think".

The board must trim $10 million from its budget over the next three years to break even and has taken a microscope to its operations to achieve that.

"The review team used external experts to examine services which ensured we received the best advice and some fresh thinking in terms of how we can work smarter," said NMDHB chief executive John Peters.

"Every dollar we spend can only be spent once, and the key purpose of the initiative is to examine if we are using that dollar correctly."

Mr Peters said four reports had been completed, covering information technology, business support, payroll and director of nursing.

Lord Rutherford, the creator of atomic physics, was born in Brightwater, near Nelson, in 1871, and went to school at Havelock and Nelson College.

NZPA

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