(Pictured) Chair of both DHBs, Andrew Blair
Chair of both DHBs, Andrew Blair, says the DHBs have a unique situation where Capital and Coast, and Hutt Valley DHBs have acting chief executives in place.
“We believe we have an obligation to consider the pros and cons of combining the roles.
“CCDHB and HVDHB already share some of their services, and this provides an opportunity to explore whether a single position could simplify how each DHB works individually and with each other.”
Mr Blair says it is important to note that neither board has a firm view on the option and is seeking independent advice to better understand the benefits and risks of a single chief executive position. Whatever final decision is made, the DHBs would retain separate boards.
Stephen McKernan, of Ernst & Young, will be leading the process and present a report to the Boards within the next six weeks.
“Mr McKernan, who acted as the Director-General of Health until Ashley Bloomfield’s appointment earlier this month, has a comprehensive understanding of the health system and will be well-placed to support this process.”
Mr Blair said both boards will be considering the report’s recommendations before making any final decision.
“We believe we have an obligation to explore this option, but will only adopt it if there are clear benefits for combining the role.”
Mr Blair says Capital and Coast DHB, and Hutt Valley DHB Boards are grateful to acting chief executives Julie Patterson (CCDHB) and Dale Oliff (HVDHB) who are continuing to provide strong leadership across the DHBs.
“We recognise there has been a period of uncertainly, with both DHBs having acting chief executives since the beginning of the year. The Boards wish to thank staff for their co-operation and understanding during this period.
“It is important that we take the time to consider this and make sure we’re taking the best course of action in the interests of each DHB, and the wider health and wellbeing of everyone in the region.”