Miller dumped after ‘refreshing’ of boards
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.’’
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