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Acting Director General Appointed

Wednesday 19 April 2006

Acting Director General Appointed For Ministry Of Health

The Deputy State Services Commissioner, Tony Hartevelt, today announced that Debbie Chin has been asked to act as Director General and Chief Executive for the Ministry of Health. Ms Chin is presently the Deputy Director General, Corporate and Information Directorate, at the Ministry.

The acting period will be for a term of two months, to enable the State Services Commission to complete its current recruitment process for a permanent chief executive appointment.

The current Director General and Chief Executive, Dr Karen Poutasi, will finish at the Ministry of Health on 30 April in order to take up her new position as Chief Executive at the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Debbie Chin will take up the acting position on her departure.

"Debbie Chin is very familiar with the work of the Ministry gained through her leadership of the key Corporate and Information Directorate which has responsibility for health sector information and technology and the operation of three business units - HealthPAC, NZHIS and ITS (Information Technology Shared Services)," Tony Hartevelt said.

ENDS

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