Southern DHB exempt from bill passed

  • 13/05/2016
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A commissioner will continue to run Southern District Health Board until the 2019 local body elections.

Parliament passed a bill yesterday exempting the DHB from this year's elections.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman sacked the board in June last year after its deficit doubled in six months to $27 million.

It was forecast to increase further to $42m.

Kathy Grant was appointed commissioner.

Dr Coleman said at the time the businesswoman had a track record of turning around struggling organisations.

Opposition parties said exempting the DHB from this year's elections was an assault on democracy.

The bill passed by 95 votes to 16.

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