Southern District Health Board candidate Richard Thomson says
he will drop some of his private business workload if
re-elected to the health board, which he says faces increased
''I think the DHB is going to face even more challenges over
the next year or two, including the retention of services
locally,'' Mr Thomson said. The former Otago board chairman
had been undecided about whether to put himself forward for
another term, due to the workload.
He is one of five elected board members standing again in
Otago and Southland.
Appointed board member, Tim Ward, is also standing, in
Southland. Gordon Sanderson, who has taught ophthalmology at
the Dunedin School of Medicine since his arrival from England
in 1972, said his tertiary teaching award last month and his
subsequent public criticism of the health board for merely
tolerating the medical school prompted him to stand.
Overseas, teaching hospitals had an excellent reputation. He
did not think enough was made of the fact the South had a
prominent medical school.
Another candidate seeking to improve the DHB-medical school
relationship is former Otago health board member Mary Gamble.
The former midwife returned to her home country of Ireland in
2007, where she assisted a then new medical school in
Limerick to place its students in surrounding hospitals. She
returned to New Zealand in 2011.
East Otago and Dunedin pharmacy owner Adrian Graamans,
Dunedin Hospital senior doctor John Chambers, and former
pharmacist Peter Barron (a former Otago board member) would
also bring a clinical focus to the board.