Sacking ‘not unexpected’

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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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