Director-General of Health Appointment Welcome
13 June 2006
“New Director-General of Health
“The appointment of Stephen McKernan as the Director-General of Health is welcome,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.
“In his positions as chief executive at both the Counties Manukau and Hutt Valley district health boards Mr McKernan was supportive of health professional engagement in the organisation and development of health services. He also had a strong practical focus.”
“The Health Ministry desperately needs in its leadership someone with practical experience of how health services are best organised and delivered.”
“We hope that Mr McKernan will provide the shake-up that the Ministry needs and become more acutely aware of the valuable role of health professionals in the health system,” concluded Mr Powell.