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NZMA welcomes new Minister of Health
31 October 2007
The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) welcomes David Cunliffe's appointment as the Minister of Health today.
"The appointment of a high flyer to the difficult portfolio of health is a positive move," NZMA Chairman Dr Peter Foley said today.
"We look forward to working with Mr Cunliffe, and helping him achieve solutions to many of the issues facing the health sector."
Early priorities include finding solutions to major workforce difficulties, and improving the troubled relationship between doctors and DHB management in many areas.
"It's also important that as Minister, Mr Cunliffe engages with the entire sector and does not just rely on 'in-house' advice."
"We have already been in contact with Mr Cunliffe and offered our assistance, now it's time to move forward."
The NZMA also welcomes new Associate Health Minister Steve Chadwick, and ACC Minister Maryan Street to their new roles.
The NZMA wishes departing Health Minister Pete Hodgson well with his new responsibilities.