Murray apology latest sign of much-needed change at Waikato
Murray apology latest sign of much-needed change at Waikato DHB
The apology from acting Waikato DHB chair about the actions of former CEO Nigel Murray is a sign of a long-overdue culture change, the PSA says.
Sally Webb has apologised for Dr Murray’s massive unauthorised overspending, which she said had brought Waikato DHB into disrespute.
Dr Murray spent $120,608 of public money without authorisation, and has repaid only part of that sum.
PSA organiser Daryl Gatenby says Ms Webb’s apology marks the end of a very difficult time at Waikato DHB.
"Under Nigel Murray, the atmosphere at Waikato DHB was anti-worker, anti-union and - we believe - did a lot of damage to the DHB’s reputation," Mr Gatenby says.
"Since his ignominious departure, we have seen encouraging signs of change, and this apology is further proof.
forward to a genuine attempt to change the culture at
"Our members, the health system and the people of Waikato deserve that."
Mr Gatenby says PSA members are pleased about plans to appoint a new executive director of human resources with a particular responsibility for changing the workplace culture.
"We hope the board and
the management team will allow the new appointee the space
and resources to make genuine