Sacking ‘not unexpected’


Health Minister Jonathan Coleman’s decision to sack the Souther District Health Board (SDHB), which funds Waitaki District Health Services Ltd (WDHS), is not unexpected, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher says.

WDHS, a Waitaki District Council-owned company, operates Oamaru Hospital.

Dr Coleman informed the board yesterday its services were no longer required and has replaced it with a commissioner, Dunedin legal consultant Cathy Grant, who takes up the role today.

By Daniel Birchfield

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