When he started his specialist career, medical oncology
was new and New Zealand had faster access to cancer drugs
than Australia. Southern District Health Board medical
oncologist Dr David Perez spoke to health report Eileen
Goodwin ahead of his retirement.
Despite voting with the Government to abolish next year's
election at Southern District Health Board, Dunedin South MP
Clare Curran has taken a swipe at Health Minister Dr Jonathan
Coleman over ‘‘erosion of democracy''.
Many may view last week's announcement to extend the term of
the commissioner appointed to oversee the Southern District
Health Board by three years (bypassing the 2016 local body
elections until those in 2019) with shock and outrage.