A temporary CEO has been seconded to Capital & Coast District Health Board as the DHB continues to recruit a replacement for the current CEO who resigned in July.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield, the chief executive of Hutt Valley DHB, was announced today by joint Capital & Coast and Hutt DHBs’ chair Andrew Blair as the acting chief executive of CCDHB from January 1 “while the final stages of recruitment for the permanent position are completed”.

The current chief executive Debbie Chin – who had her formal farewell this week –  resigned in July after spending four years in the role (two years as interim CEO and two as appointed CEO) and is leaving the role on December 31. At the time nurses’ union NZNO said they feared underfunding was behind Chin’s resignation with Chin first becoming involved with the DHB in 2009 as a Crown Monitor because of funding and debt concerns. Chin told Radio New Zealand this week that tight funding had forced the indebted DHB to become “highly efficient”.

Blair said recruitment was well advanced for the chief executive role but it was important to the Board to have an interim measure in place because of a “number of significant work streams” underway including the building of a new children’s hospital.

He said Bloomfield did not apply for Capital & Coast CEO role and would return to his role at Hutt Valley at the end of the secondment.

Bloomfield said he would be fully focussed on Capital & Coast while acting in the role and saw it as a “great opportunity” to build on the two DHBs’ existing good relationships and joint work.

Hutt Valley DHB’s current Chief Operating Officer Dale Oliff will step into the role of Chief Executive at Hutt Valley DHB while Dr Bloomfield is at Capital & Coast DHB.



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