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Dr Tom Watson stands down as chief medical officer at Waikato DHB

12 January 2018 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

Dr Tom Watson, the Waikato District Health Board chief medical officer is stepping down from the DHB’s top clinical role, one he has held for 10 years.

Watson is the third member to quit the DHB’s executive management team in as many months but unlike former chief executive Dr Nigel Murray and Waikato Hospital executive director Brett Paradine, Watson has not resigned.

Instead he will continue in his role as an anaesthetist going back to full-time clinical work.

Watson, who suffered a cardiac arrest in late 2016, said he made the decision prior to Christmas.

“I made that decision a while ago and I’m just working through what it looks like for the future.

“After my cardiac arrest and cardiac surgery I need to refocus what’s important for me and what’s not.”

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