The Dunedin-based chairman of New Zealand's medical
regulator is stepping down after four years.
Medical Council chairman Dr John Adams (60) made the
''timely'' decision over the summer holiday period.
A new chairman will be elected on February 18 at the next
meeting of the council.
Dr Adams, the associate dean of student affairs at the
Dunedin School of Medicine, said the decision gave him more
time for Dunedin-based work. He had discussed stepping up his
University of Otago duties with the department.
He also continues to practice part-time as a psychiatrist.
He said he was pleased with the regulatory initiatives and
strategies he helped steer during his time at the helm of the
''I haven't been an advocate for more regulation, but I'm
certainly an advocate for regulation when it is needed, and
when the profession needs that external structure.''