Health policy formulation

The NZMA has been concerned for some time that agencies are too focused on implementation activities and with not enough attention paid to the front end (research, analysis, consultation, policy development) and the back end (evaluation and review).

We have raised with this the Ministry of Health and others, and we welcomed Sir Peter Gluckman’s report The Role of Evidence in Policy Formation and Implementation (Sept 2013). This report provides a number of recommendations that, if implemented, will improve the quality of policy development in health and more widely. In addition to pursuing this implementation, we could also seek to have this form part of SSC and Auditor General evaluation of government agencies.