Interim boss for CCDHB till 2015

MICHELLE DUFF
Last updated 15:58 11/03/2014

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Capital & Coast District Health Board will have an interim chief executive for at least another year.

It has been announced senior public servant Debbie Chin will continue in the chief executive's spot until March 2015.

Mrs Chin, the chief executive of Standards New Zealand and a former deputy director-general of the Ministry of Health, was seconded into the spot in September last year.

That was after the sudden resignation of former chief executive Mary Bonner in August. Mrs Bonner resigned two years into the job. 

Before her, chief executive Ken Whelan quit in August 2010 and said at the time that he could not cut costs any further without undermining patient care.

Before him, Margot Mains resigned in 2007, after fallout over the deficit.

Capital & Coast plans to have the debt, which was $100 million at the time Mrs Bonner took the helm, erased by 2015.

Capital & Coast District Health Board chair Dr Virginia Hope said the board requested an extension of Mrs Chin's secondment because they thought "continuity in leadership," was important.

"In addition it is important to develop an understanding of the future direction of CCDHB over the next three years and clarify the skills required to lead CCDHB into the future." 

Michelle Wessing, who had been Acting Chief Executive at Standards New Zealand over the past 6 months, would continue in that role.

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- The Dominion Post

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