Therapist named health board boss

Last updated 11:51 31/01/2013

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Occupational therapist Jane Hopkirk has been elected head of the health regulatory board in what Labour is calling a "quiet victory".

Labour MP Maryan Street had slammed the potential election of Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew's husband as chair of the Health Regulatory Authorities of New Zealand (HRANZ) as verging on corrupt.

Timaru dentist Mark Goodhew is currently the chair of the Dental Council.

Street said he, and fellow National Party associate Andrew Barry, were standing as candidates for election as chair of HRANZ - a combined board with representatives from individual health regulators.

The election was held during a meeting today and Occupational Therapy Board chair Jane Hopkirk was elected.

Street said it was "quite victory" and she was pleased that sensible heads had prevailed.

"It is obvious to me that the concern about conflict of interest were taken seriously by the majority of people who were voting in that election," she said.

Street said Ms Goodhew's position should absolutely disqualify her husband from standing for election.

Health regulatory boards set out the scope of practices for their professions, outline necessary qualifications and register practitioners.

Members to individual boards are appointed by the health minister.

HRANZ is an informal group made up of members from the 16 registering authorities.

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- The Dominion Post


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