DHB interim head to stay on

Last updated 16:14 11/03/2014

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

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

Chin, the chief executive of Standards New Zealand and a former deputy director-general at the Ministry of Health, was seconded to the job last September after the sudden resignation of Mary Bonner in August.

Bonner resigned two years into the job. Before that, 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.

Margot Mains resigned in 2007 after fallout over the board's deficit.

The board plans to have the debt, which was $100 million at the time Bonner took the helm, erased by next year.

Chairwoman Virginia Hope said the board requested an extension of Chin's secondment because it 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," she said.

Michelle Wessing, who has been acting chief executive at Standards New Zealand over the past six months, will continue in that role.

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- Fairfax Media

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