Government pressure blamed as Canterbury DHB boss quits

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Tue, 4 Aug 2020, 5:10PM
Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) chief executive David Meates. Photo / Mike Scott

Government pressure blamed as Canterbury DHB boss quits

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 4 Aug 2020, 5:10PM

A doctor's union says the Crown put the boss of Canterbury DHB in an impossible position.

David Meates announced his resignation today at an emergency board meeting - after more than 11 years on the job.

He's also been West Coast DHB's CEO since 2010.

But Association of Salaried Medical Specialists director Sarah Dalton told Heather du Plessis-Allan the leadership team has been struggling with a hostile Crown Monitor.

"All of the DHBs are currently being put under substantial pressure to try and break even budgets.

"We don't think that is a realistic proposition currently."

She says there is a difference between their debt and operating surplus.

"The bulk of the debt that Canterbury carry is entirely related to the earthquake rebuilds.

"They are actually running a current operating surplus."