Therapist named health board boss

KATE CHAPMAN
Last updated 11:51 31/01/2013

Relevant offers

Politics

'Give Trump a chance': US ambassador's plea to NZ Government renews millions of funding for start-up incubators Greenpeace water report calls for cow decrease Insulation grant extended to low-income home owners and landlords Social housing: the $16b price tag of housing the vulnerable Internal Affairs told to release more Peter Thiel info Bill to wipe historical homosexual convictions is introduced to Parliament Greenpeace's Russel Norman offered diversion after ship protest in sea Prison guards to carry pepper spray - Corrections Minister Louise Upston Wellington city councillor Andy Foster chasing seat in Parliament with NZ First

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.

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Where do you stand on political coat-tail riding?

If it gets marginalised voices into Parliament, I'm for it.

I'm against it - if you don't get the votes, you shouldn't be there.

It's just part of the political game.

Vote Result

Related story: Voters reject riding on the coat-tails

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content