Will the Royal Commission make recommendations about the recent health reforms?


No. The recent reforms to Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system, including the organisational arrangements for public health services, are excluded from the Royal Commission’s scope.

The Royal Commission is not invited to relitigate the health reforms in terms of a general examination or to provide recommendations on how health services generally should be organised. It is within scope, however, for the Royal Commission to identify lessons that can be learned about expectations of health services and how they need to be maintained during a pandemic. The Royal Commission’s recommendations will be relevant regardless of the structure of the health sector.