Coun­cil may step down

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS -

The Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil will to­day de­cide whether it will step down from ap­prov­ing changes made by Cen­tral Otago Health, the or­gan­i­sa­tion that runs Dun­stan Hospi­tal. COH was set up as the com­mu­nity’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive and as­set holder of the hospi­tal and any changes to its con­sti­tu­tion needed to be ap­proved by coun­cil. The coun­cil has re­ceived a re­quest from COH chair­woman Ains­ley Webb ask­ing the coun­cil to con­sider chang­ing the process. ‘‘As our board now in­cludes elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives from each ward within the Cen­tral Otago District Coun­cil, we be­lieve there is no longer a need for the CODC to ap­prove changes on be­half of the com­mu­nity and we wish to drop this re­quire­ment and all ref­er­ences to it, from our con­sti­tu­tion,’’ Ms Webb said. A report by coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Phil Mel­hopt, which will be pro­vided to coun­cil mem­bers at a meet­ing to­day, rec­om­mended it ap­prove the amend­ment so it was not re­quired to sign off changes.

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