Miller dumped af­ter ‘re­fresh­ing’ of boards

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

SOUTH­ERN District Health board chair­man Er­rol Mil­lar has been dumped from the board by Health Min­is­ter Tony Ryall as part of a ‘‘re­fresh­ing’’ of boards na­tion­wide.

Mr Mil­lar, who has also been a chair­man of both the South­land and Otago District Health Boards at dif­fer­ent times dur­ing the past nine years, was un­sure why he was no longer wanted. He said he ‘‘half ex­pected’’ he wouldn’t be ap­pointed but it left him with ‘‘ a sense of un­fin­ished busi­ness’’.

Mr Ryall is­sued a state­ment say­ing the new South­ern DHB was ‘‘ now mov­ing into a con­sol­i­da­tion phase and a dif­fer­ent set of skills is needed’’.

When asked if the dump­ing was in re­ac­tion to the South­ern DHB’s pub­lic op­po­si­tion to the po­ten­tial loss of neu­ro­sur­gi­cal ser­vices, a spokesman said it was not re­lated.

‘‘It is not un­usual for a new Govern­ment to re­fresh var­i­ous board- s . . . this won’t be the only one,’’ the spokesman said.

In his state­ment Mr Ryall said he was sure Mr Mil­lar would have more to of­fer the health sec­tor.

Mr Mil­lar fought back tears as he ad­dressed the fi­nal meet­ing of the South­ern DHB last week.

In his nine years with the two DHBs he said health ser­vices had bat­tled with deficits and never seemed to get on top of it.

Since the two boards merged ear­lier this year, more than $800,000 in sav­ings had been made in ad­min­is­tra­tion and over­heads.

Mr Mil­lar said the merger had been an out­stand­ing suc­cess and they had ‘‘brought it off’’’ when oth­ers had tried and ‘‘stuffed it up’’.

He said he had not de­cided what he was go­ing to do with his ex­tra time other than to im­prove his hand­i­cap. ‘‘When one door closes, an­other one usu­ally opens.’’

Luca Wil­liamson-Brass started the Ter­race Pri­mary School, Novem­ber 2.

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