News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


“Time To Move On From O’neill Dismissal”

“Time To Move On From O’neill Dismissal”

“It is time to move on from the dismissal of former Taranaki District Health Board chief executive, John O’Neill,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

“Nothing can escape the point that Mr O’Neill’s leadership style, considered by many to be autocratic, was incompatible with a modern public health service that depends so much on cooperation and the goodwill and dedication of health professionals.”

“Mr O’Neill was unpopular with Taranaki senior doctors and had clearly lost the confidence of his board and a number of senior managers.”

“A critical factor behind the costs associated with the termination of Mr O’Neill’s employment was his extraordinary open-ended sick leave entitlement for which the original board that appointed him was responsible. If anyone has to be brought to account for the costs, it should be that former board.”

“We need to move on and let the new chief executive Tony Foulkes develop collaborative working relationships with senior doctors and other health professionals,” concluded Mr Powell.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland