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Sunday, October 09, 2016

NZ - Incumbents voted back onto the South Canterbury District Health Board

SCDHB chairman Murray Cleverley has been re-elected for a fourth term.
SCDHB chairman Murray Cleverley has been re-elected for a fourth term.
A line-up of familiar faces will represent South Cantabrians on the region's health board for the next three years.
Voters have returned all of the incumbents that stood to their positions on the South Canterbury District Health Board (SCDHB).
Murray Cleverley has been re-elected to the DHB, and may become one of the longest serving health board chairs in the country if he is returned to the top job for a fourth time.
Peter Binns received the most votes of any candidate, with 4313. He was followed by Paul Annear, on 2709, Cleverley, on 2587, and Ron Luxton, who was re-elected with 2496 votes.
Raeleen de Joux, who served as an appointed member during the past term, was elected onto the board with 2194 votes.
She replaced board member Ngaire Whytock, who has stood down.
Staunch anti-fluoride campaigner, Sweet Freedom Army leader and health food shop owner Rachel Tomkinson fell short of the mark, earning 1780 votes.
Other new nominees were Timaru District councillor and former publican Dave Jack, South Canterbury Drama League stalwart Kevin Foley; Rebecca Jackson, Greg O'Brien and Joy Paterson. 
Murray Roberts has served as an appointed member on the board, but failed to get the nod from voters.
Cleverley said the re-election of the incumbent board members showed confidence from the public.
"I'm pleased of course, but I think I'm more pleased the community supported board members that have been there before," he said.
"It shows a lot of confidence in what we're delivering."
If offered the chairman's role again, he would accept, he said.
Health was "one of those areas where you can't please everyone", he said.
One of the challenges for the board during the next term would be closing the gap between expectations and reality, he said.
Other challenges included air quality and the region's aging population.
There would also be plenty of debate about water quality, including the contentious fluoride issue.
"I think fluoride's a bit of a sideshow," he said.
"We'll debate that, but water's a much bigger issue than that."
The closure of the Talbot Park facility was expected to take place within the next two years, while there was also an "exciting" building programme under way that would see the front of Timaru Hospital revamped.
All in all, it was exciting times ahead, Cleverley said.
"All the pieces of the jigsaw are in the right place," he said.
"I'm pretty excited about having that confidence from the community."
 - Stuff


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