Provincial Health Authorities

Health authorities responsible for provincial facilities

Health Minister Sir Puka Temu said the decentralisation of financial powers back to the provincial health authority is to ensure rural health facilities are well catered for.

Currently there are only 11 provinces with a provincial health authority office.

The Minister believes this is the way to go and has instructed all CEO’s of these PHA offices to work closely with the governor and the district MPs.

Sir Puka said under the budget provisions, the health functional grants will go directly to the provincial health authorities.

Provincial Health Authorities to be nationwide by 2018

Health Minister, Sir Puka Temu, made the announcement today in Parliament when responding to the West New Britain Governor, Sasindran Muthuvel.

Muthuvel asked whether the Provincial Health Authorities are still in control of the rural health center’s and aid posts.

"There's confusion on the roles of looking after the district hospitals and aid posts.

"Is it the Provincial Government to look after the rural hospitals or the Provincial Health Authority?"