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Health sector legal services

Goldsmith Law's areas of legal expertise in the health sector include;
Summarised health sector experience 
- Main external legal adviser to:
- For the Otago & Southland DHBs, successfully designed, implemented and defended (from competition law challenge, Auditor-General’s Office enquiries, ASMS, Laboratory Workers’ Union and internal political challenges) the model for the outsourcing to the private sector of hospital and community laboratory services (2005-6)
- Adviser on establishment of governance structures for the Southern Alliance 'virtual' regional entity before formal merger of Otago and Southland DHBs (2009)
- Advised on major ($18m) procurement fraud against Otago DHB, advised on the resulting regulatory and governance outfall, and on establishment of new procurement processes to guard against risks of similar activity (2006-2011).  
- Adviser to the Otago/Southland pharmaceuticals working party (with brief to safeguard against Commerce Act risk) (2008 onwards).
- Advised General Practice representative organisations on the national negotiations with MoH/DHBNZ on establishment of the primary care capitation funding regime (2004).
- Advised (variously) GPNZ, South Link Health and Aoraki PHO on various competition law and contract law challenges to the legality and enforceability of the capitation funding regime and the DHB-PHO-GP contracting model (2006 - 2011)
- Wrote GPNZ’s guide to general practice on managing Fees Review Committee challenges to standard consultation fee setting (2008)
- Advised on the constitutional structure and establishment of Southern PHO and the transfer of all existing Otago and Southland PHOs’ assets and liabilities to it (2010)
- External (peer review) adviser to Southern Cross Primary Care Limited on the contract model and precedents for acquisition of equity interests in private practices (2011)
- Adviser to South Link Health on disputes over rural after-hours services and funding regime (2011-2012).
- Adviser to GPNZ on legal and contractual issues arising from time to time in PSAAP negotiations.
- Developed the standard ‘provider contract’ model for Southern Regional Health Authority on the establishment of the original ‘purchaser/provider’ split regime in mid 1990s. (The model remains in use today)
- Competition law and structuring advisor on various rural practice amalgamations.

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