A look at what’s made headlines this past week.
DHB BOSS GONE
Waikato DHB boss Nigel Murray has quit, and the health board could be without a chief executive for up to 18 months as it looks to fill the top job. Murray’s resignation was announced at a closed-door board meeting and follows a two-and-a-half-month investigation into allegations of unauthorised spending. Investigators found Murray had filed other unauthorised expense claims understood to relate to travel and accommodation.
APP SUCKS UP CASH
Waikato District Health Board members allegedly gave the goahead to a multimillion-dollar virtual health initiative based on incomplete paperwork. Since its launch in 2016, 8760 people have registered with the DHB’s virtual health app, dubbed SmartHealth. Executives have repeatedly refused to disclose the cost of the app platform- estimated to be $8 million.
Cremators in Hamilton may have to run for 10-hour stretches to keep up with rising demand. Around 1700 cremations were completed at Hamilton Park Cemetery in the 2016/17 financial year - 150 fewer than the maximum possible.