Allison new chair of Waitaki health board

June 05, 2019 - 73 views

Waitaki District Health Services has appointed a current board member to the role of chairman.

In a statement released yesterday, the Waitaki District Council-controlled company that owns and operates Oamaru Hospital confirmed Paul Allison, a board member since early 2018, would replace Chris Swann, who in early May announced he would step down from the role on June 30.

In the statement, Mr Allison said he was committed to sustainable health services for the Waitaki district.

''The health sector is very challenging. It is vital that the provision of healthcare services in the region meets the needs of the Waitaki community.

''Together with the board members, I am fully committed to ensuring the organisation is financially sound, provides a very safe environment for staff and patients, and has a strong working relationship with the Waitaki District Council and other key stakeholders. We have made some decisions recently to help ensure the quality of services remain high and are sustainable into the future.''

Recruiting the right staff was key to achieving that goal, he said.

''There has been some very good progress made in recent weeks in relation to staff recruitment with a strong number of high-quality candidates applying for vacant positions. This is an encouraging sign for the future.''

Mr Allison, a former director of Sport New Zealand and past Central Lakes Trust chief executive, is the current chairman of Infinite Energy Ltd and the Otago Rugby Union board appointments panel.

He is also a member of the Otago Polytechnic Council and a trustee of Winter Games New Zealand.

In 2015, he was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to sport.

In other appointments, Helen Algar was re-elected deputy chairwoman and Mark Rogers will chair the finance and audit subcommittee.

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