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Dr Peter Didsbury Becomes New ProCare Health Chair

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Dr Peter Didsbury Becomes New ProCare Health Chairman

AUCKLAND - 1 December 2008 – Dr Peter Didsbury has become the new chairman of the board of ProCare Health Limited (PHL) – New Zealand’s largest primary health organisation.

A founding director and long-time Clinical Director of ProCare, Dr Didsbury replaces Dr Tom Marshall, who officially resigned as chairman last week at ProCare Health’s annual meeting.

PHL shareholders unanimously voted at the annual meeting to confer the title of Founder Chairman to Dr Marshall, who had been chairman of PHL since it was established in 1995.

Dr Jonathan Fox was elected unopposed to fill Dr Marshall’s seat on the board. Dr Fox is an Auckland general practitioner and president of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Dr Harley Aish was re-appointed to the board.

Dr Didsbury, who had been the board’s deputy chair, practiced for 20 years at the Fellbrook Medical Centre, Manurewa, and has recently moved his practice to Clendon Medical Centre. He is chairman of the ProCare subsidiary Clinical Assessments Limited, a director of the Best Practice Advisory Centre (NZ) Inc., and past chair of the New Zealand Guidelines Group.

Speaking to shareholders at the annual meeting, Dr Didsbury said: “I will continue to build on Tom’s commitment and ProCare’s strong vigilance for general practice as the most effective and efficient way to deliver health care to our population.”

ENDS

ProCare is New Zealand’s largest primary health organisation, representing nearly 500 GP members and 450 practice nurses in 180 medical practices, in looking after the primary health needs of over 650,000 Aucklanders from Whangaparaoa and Helensville in the north to Waiuku in the south.

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