PROVINCIAL Health Authority (PHA) boards in PNG can now set up committees to support its functions in areas such as health projects, finance and the workforce.
It is one of the 14 amendments to the PHA Act unanimously passed by Parliament yesterday.
Prime Minister James Marape tabled the Provincial Health Authority (Amendment) Bill 2023 on behalf of Health Minister Dr Lino Tom, who was unwell.
“The current health challenges of the PHA are critical and impedes on safe and quality health service delivery that the people of this country are entitled to,” Marape said.
“Some of these challenges include accountability on organisational structures, reporting, coordination, monitoring and performance and implementation of the national health plan and national health service standards.
“Prudent governance of the health system allows for an effective and efficient health service delivery.
“Thus the Government sees the need to address these challenges in the interim while the overall governance review continues.”
Marape said the recommended amendments to the Provincial Health Authority Act (2007) “reflect the need for change and to ensure better accountability and reporting systems and coordination between the health department, provincial government and the provincial health authority”.
East Sepik Governor Allan Bird supported the changes.
“I have been fortunate that I came through as chairman of a hospital,” he said.
“If you leave your hands off an organisation with a good design like what the PM is now doing, it will work and serve its purpose.
“Do not appoint your wantok or campaign committee onto the PHA board. That is the best recipe for failure.
“Appoint credible and professional people, those with no connections to you. Let them manage this thing.”
The PHA came into existence in 2007.
It replaced the decentralised health system created under the Organic Law on Provincial and Local Level Government Law (1995) and governed by the provincial government.
The provincial health authorities were created as a partnership agreement between the health minister and the governors of the provinces.
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