Dr Lester chairs three boards

Central Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - STAFF RE­PORTER

Dr Lester Levy is set to be­come one of Auck­land’s most pow­er­ful un­elected of­fi­cials.

He will soon head four ma­jor boards in the city.

Health Min­is­ter Jonathan Cole­man an­nounced on Thurs­day that Levy will chair all three of Auck­land’s district health boards for the next term.

He is al­ready the chair of Auck­land Trans­port as well as the Auck­land and Waitem­ata district health boards.

Come De­cem­ber 5, Levy will take over from Lee Mathias on Coun­ties Manukau Health’s board.

On the an­nounce­ment, Cole­man said the sin­gle ap­point­ment would in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion across the re­gion.

‘‘As the re­gion grows it’s im­por­tant to op­ti­mise the de­liv­ery of health ser­vices, man­age in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment and stream­line back of­fice func­tions,’’ he said.

‘‘This change will help en­sure Auck­lan­ders, now and into the fu­ture, will have access to the best pos­si­ble care no mat­ter where they live in the re­gion.’’

Cole­man said Levy had a ‘‘strong track record’’ on im­prov­ing health board’s per­for­mances and closer work­ing re­la­tion­ships.

He said: ‘‘it makes sense to bring the three greater Auck­land DHBs un­der one chair to facilitate a more in­te­grated ap­proach to Auck­land’s health ser­vices planning and de­liv­ery’’.

Dr Lester’s ap­point­ment is said to in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion across the re­gion.

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