Last month the government appointed a Crown monitor to the Waikato District Health Board to improve leadership and governance. This appointment came after a series of well publicised, though not always completely transparent failings of the elected board. Think back to Nigel Murray, Bob Simcock, SmartHealth and the budget blowout on the Collingwood street refurb. The next step, if decision making doesn’t improve would be firing the board and appointing commissioners. It’s important to note that elections are only a year away but given overall lack of public understanding and participation – we shouldn’t accept election time will drastically change things.
Martin Gallagher, who is on that board has kindly agreed to an interview and has given me permission to “ask anything” and to “not be afraid to be tough”. Don’t mind if I do… Earlier this year I interviewed Sally Webb, then Acting, now Chair of the board. While unspoken, I certainly didn’t feel I could “ask anything”. You can listen to the podcast of that interview here (starts at 10min).
So this week I’ll ask Martin, what the role of the board is; the failings that led to a Crown monitor being appointed; how responsible he feels for some of those decisions; whether it’s time to ditch the current model; and how they are ensuring we have a sound hospital and health care service in the future. Tune in to Free FM at 10am Friday.
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