Shock resignation by DHB chief executive

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2 May 2017

Liz Wylie - Wanganui Chronicle

Whanganui District Health Board chief executive and national DHB spokeswoman Julie Patterson has stunned her colleagues with a resignation announcement.

After eight and a half years in the role, Mrs Patterson informed WDHB board members and senior staff on Friday that she had come to her decision following a great deal of “soul searching.”

She has decided the time is right for her to move on and hand the reins over to a new leader who she hopes she can meet and brief before her departure,” said WDHB chairwoman Dot McKinnon.

Mrs McKinnon said she was “very sad” to see Mrs Patterson leave but she has “full faith” her skills would be put to good use in other areas of the health sector.

Mrs Patterson was appointed chief executive in 2008, replacing Memo Musa who resigned after the WDHB was condemned for inadequate background checks on surgeon Roman Hasil, responsible for numerous botched operations in 2005 and 2006.

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