Healthy knowl­edge

South Waikato News - - OPINION -

This is a time of great op­por­tu­nity. There needs to be dis­cus­sion about the can­di­dates for the Waikato District Health Board.

The health­care in­dus­try in the Waikato is one of the largest busi­nesses and one of the biggest em­ploy­ers.

This is the time when we have the chance to in­flu­ence the fu­ture di­rec­tion of health­care.

There has been some dis­cus­sion in the ru­ral me­dia sug­gest­ing that ru­ral peo­ple should only vote for ru­ral can­di­dates.

I would sug­gest that ru­ral peo­ple should ask ques­tions as they vote for the WDHB.

What skills or qualifications in health does this per­son have?

What is com­mit­ment level? What other roles is this per­son try­ing to fill?

What is their his­tory in health in­no­va­tion and ser­vice de­liv­ery to all com­mu­ni­ties?

Is this per­son pas­sion­ate about health­care and its de­liv­ery?

I hope vot­ers take the chance to read closely the elec­tion book­let and in­ter­net search can­di­dates to find more out about them.

This is the time we can make a dif­fer­ence to our com­mu­ni­ties.

Ian McMichael Waikato District Health Board


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