Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Investigation into former Waikato District Health Board CE

Hon Dr David Clark

Minister of Health


3 November 2017


Investigation into former Waikato District Health Board CE

Health Minister David Clark has directed the State Services Commissioner to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding allegations of wrongful expenditure by the former Chief Executive of the Waikato District Health Board.

On 5 October, the District Health Board announced the resignation of Dr Nigel Murray with immediate effect. This followed the resignation part-way through an independent inquiry into alleged financial breaches during his tenure, which was not completed.

“I have written to Commissioner Peter Hughes today to request this action because such issues or allegations, especially relating to senior leaders in the public sector, risk damaging confidence in the public sector,” Dr Clark says.

“It is critical that transparency in and accountability for these processes and outcomes is maintained.”

Dr Clark has directed the SSC to exercise its functions and powers under section 11 (4) of the State Sector Act 1988 to investigate:

a) The circumstances of any alleged unauthorised or unjustified expenditure by Dr Murray of DHB funds;
b) Any related or similar conduct by Dr Murray or any related person identified during the course of its inquiry;
c) Any processes undertaken or decisions made by the DHB relating to any matters identified under a) and b).

"I expect that this investigation may involve considering whether appropriate standards of integrity and conduct have been maintained by Dr Murray and the DHB.”

The Minister will be briefed on the findings and any recommendations of the investigation.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Incredible Disappearing Tax Policy


During the years of the Key government one hardy perennial of political journalism was that whenever the Labour Opposition would suggest a policy alternative to the status quo, the hard bitten response from the Gallery realists would be “But how’re you gonna pay for it?” National in Opposition has been almost entirely spared that level of sceptical scrutiny. Until now, that is. Until now, Christopher Luxon had largely been left free to witter on that it is entirely feasible to (a) repay debt faster (b) cut taxes significantly and (c) maintain, or even increase the current levels of spending on health and education and (d) do all that at once...
More>>




 
 


National: Five Years Of Failure For Light Rail
Construction of light rail in Auckland might not begin until 2025 despite tomorrow marking five years since Jacinda Ardern announced it would be delivered to Mt Roskill by 2021, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says... More>>


Government: Representation Bill Passes Third Reading In Parliament
Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu welcomes the passing of new legislation tonight to reinstate Ngāi Tahu councillors to Environment Canterbury... More>>


Government: First Ever Climate Adaptation Plan Lays Foundations For Resilient Communities

New Zealand’s first National Adaptation Plan, launched today, will ensure communities have the information and support they need to prepare for the impacts of climate change... More>>



Government: More Women On Public Boards Than Ever Before

“Women’s representation on public sector boards and committees is now 52.5 percent, the highest ever level... More>>


Te Pāti Māori: Debbie Ngarewa-Packer Calls On PM To Support Bill To Ban Seabed Mining

Te Pāti Māori Co-leader, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngā Rauru uri Debbie Ngarewa-Packer is today celebrating that her Prohibition on Seabed Mining Legislation Amendment Bill has been drawn from Parliament’s biscuit tin... More>>

Housing: Building Consents Surpass 50k Again
New Zealand’s strong pipeline of housing construction is continuing with the annual number of new homes consented surpassing 50,000 for the fourth month in a row... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels