Dr Tim Malloy today announced he is standing down from his role as president of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Malloy, a  rural GP for more than 30 years, has battled on the behalf of rural health and GPs since his early involvement with the Rural General Practice Network in the 1990s and since 2012 as the College president.

The Wellsford GP said in a statement today that he had made the difficult decision to stand down from his College role for health reasons. He has also resigned as chair of Comprehensive Care PHO after his recent discharge from hospital subsequent to a health setback, saying that concentrating on getting well again had by necessity become his main priority. In 2016 he was badly injured in a quad bike accident at his hill country property in Puhoi that lead to several weeks in intensive care and hospital and two months off work.

“I have thought long and hard about how I could continue to meet the demands of my role, but ultimately, the deciding element is to do what is in the best interests of the College,” said Malloy.

He said he had never known a time when the sector was not facing challenges. “I hope I have encouraged healthy debate about the future of general practice, complemented by mutual respect amongst health sector professionals.”

College Chief Executive Helen Morgan-Banda said Malloy had made a huge contribution to the sector and the College and had worked tirelessly to ensure New Zealand’s general practice and primary health care services were valued and appropriately resourced.

His motivation has always been ensuring patients get the best care possible, and GPs are well supported to deliver this care,” she said.“His knowledge of primary care and strategic vision for the future means he has become a highly respected leader in our sector. He truly embodies the College motto ‘Cum Scientia Caritas’ which translates to ‘with knowledge, compassion’.

Comprehensive Care PHO said during Malloy’s seven years as chair he had seen a number of ground-breaking initiatives come to fruition – including the Waitemata Primary and Community Services Plan, network partnerships (with National Hauora Coalition, Coast to Coast Healthcare and Alliance Health Plus), Rural Point of Care Testing, GASP (Giving Airways Support to Patients) and the Collaborative Mental Health and Addictions Credentialing Programme for Primary Health Care Nurses.

Malloy is also currently chair of the Primary Response in Medical Emergencies (PRIME) Service, the General Practice Leaders’ Forum and is a contracted providers’ representative for the PHO Services Agreement Amendment Protocol.

At the recent College conference he was awarded a Distinguished Fellowship, in recognition of the “immense contribution he has made to general practice and the College”.

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