This West Coast District Health Board (WCDHB) Health Emergency Plan (HEP) has been reviewed and updated to reflect current thinking on emergency management and incorporating lessons learnt from major incidents in the WCDHB region of responsibility.
This plan has been developed in consultation with key local planners and emergency managers within the health sector as well as in consultation with civil defence emergency managers.
To maintain its alignment with the National Health Emergency Plan (NHEP) this plan will be reviewed by WCDHB within three years of its adoption. The plan will also be reviewed and updated as required following:
• any new developments or substantive changes to the operations or organisation of New Zealand health and disability services
• and/or as a result of lessons from a significant emergency affecting the provision of health services within the region
• or by direction of the Ministry of Health, or the WCDHB Chief Executive Officer (CEO) or Canterbury/West Coast Health Emergency Governance Group (HEGG).
Purpose and Objectives
The purpose of this document is to:
• Provide a common framework for planning, prioritising, structuring and delivering health services during, and recovering from, any emergency affecting the health of the people of the West Coast.
• Define and allocate roles and responsibilities as well as the relationships necessary to implement this plan.
• Incorporate, by reference, supporting WCDHB plans/documents and those of health providers that form part of this plan.
• Meet contractual or legal obligations and be consistent with the requirements of:
- Ministry of Health
- National Health Emergency Plan (NHEP) 2015
- Operational Policy Framework 2017-18
- Civil Defence
- National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan 2015, MCDEM Director’s Guidelines on Welfare Services in an Emergency (DGL 11/15) and Order in Council
- National and group level CDEM plans