Medical and Public Health
Responsibilities of agencies and individuals for medical and public health are fully detailed within the National Civil Defence Plan (Part 6, Health). In summary, these are as follows:
Ministry of Health has primary and overall responsibility to co-ordinate the use of resources to provide the quickest and most effective treatment and care of the physically injured and psychologically disturbed, and to combat any threat to the health of survivors.
This is arranged through contracts between the District Health Board (DHB) and agencies providing of health services at all levels within the community.
Hawke’s Bay District Health Board is responsible for the purchase agreements with health providers it has entered into, and to monitor the performance requirements for resources and capabilities necessary to respond effectively in a state of local emergency. In relation to mitigation and preparedness matters, it is also responsible to undertake risk analysis of the major civil defence threats to health in the region in conjunction with the Public Health Commission and the CDEM Group.
The responsibilities and activities of the personnel and systems employed by or through Hawke’s Bay District Health Board are not relinquished by the declaration of a state of local emergency.
The Medical Officer of Health, for Hawke’s Bay, designated by the Ministry of Health, has powers during an emergency relating to infectious and notifiable diseases, conferred by section 70 and 71 of the Health Act 1956. Other health providers and Hawke’s Bay District Health Board work closely together during an emergency to ensure that health services are integrated with the overall response to the emergency.
Other Health Providers including St John Ambulance Central Region, Order of St John, NZ Red Cross Society Inc., private medical establishments, and nursing care facilities, are to provide services in accordance with their own stated objectives prior to, during, and after, a declared civil defence emergency.
City and District Councils are responsible for liaison with health providers to assist in the integration of the health sector response activities in a state of local emergency in accordance with other needs of the emergency.