Chair­woman vexed at board meet­ing

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

Heated words were ex­changed at a re­cent dis­trict health board meet­ing.

When Cap­i­tal & Coast Dis­trict Health Board mem­bers David Choat and Ju­dith Aitken ques­tioned a res­o­lu­tion to ex­clude the pub­lic and me­dia from its Au­gust 10 meet­ing their com­ments were shut down and called ‘‘vex­a­tious’’.

The board was to dis­cuss a joint dis­trict health boards plan, an af­ter­hours ser­vice plan, New­town Union Health’s fund­ing and a prop­erty lease to the Ole Soc­cer Academy.

Mr Choat said he was not con­vinced the sub­jects met the re­quire­ments of the New Zealand Pub­lic Health and Dis­abil­ity Act for non­pub­lic dis­cus­sion.

Chair­woman Vir­ginia Hope said she had been ad­vised that all de­bate on ex­clud­ing the pub­lic must be held in pri­vate.

Mr Choat dis­agreed say­ing the board had an op­tion to hold those dis­cus­sions in se­cret if they would prej­u­dice mat­ters cov­ered by the act, but it was not an obli­ga­tion.

Ms Aitken asked to know who the third par­ties were whose com­mer­cial po­si­tion could be com­pro­mised in the case of New­town Union Health.

Ms Hope put and end to the dis­cus­sion.

‘‘This is just be­com­ing vex­a­tious,’’ she said.

Ms Aitken was vis­i­bly an­gered by the re­sponse, say­ing she had asked a gen­uine and rea­son­able ques­tion.

‘‘ I’m not happy to be called vex­a­tious in a pub­lic forum,’’ she said.

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