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Doctor unions call for Waikato DHB chairman to walk

11 October 2017 Aaron Leaman - NZ Herald

The heads of the country’s two big doctor unions have called on embattled Waikato DHB chairman Bob Simcock to step down.

And whoever is hired to fill the now vacant role of Waikato DHB chief executive will be taking on one of the most challenging jobs in the health sector, the unions say.

Simcock has come under increasing pressure to quit following the abrupt resignation of Waikato DHB chief executive Nigel Murray on October 5.

Murray’s resignation followed a two-and-a-half-month investigation into allegations of unauthorised spending.

Simcock has rejected calls for him to quit, saying he has the full confidence of his board.

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has also launched a petition urging Simcock to go.

Association of Salaried Medical Specialists executive director Ian Powell said serious questions were being asked about Simcock’s judgement after he hired Murray in 2014 despite warnings from senior doctors.

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