21 Aug 2020

"Adversarial" board to blame for CDHB resignations: Chief Medical Officer

From Nine To Noon, 9:06 am on 21 August 2020
Canterbury DHB chief medical officer Dr Sue Nightingale and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield who confirmed eight cases of Covid 19 at a press conference in Christchurch.

Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Canterbury's chief medical officer and leader of the region's Covid-19 response says the adversarial and divisive approach of the board and the Crown Monitor is behind her decision to quit. Dr Sue Nightingale is one of seven senior executives who have resigned from the Canterbury District Health Board in the last two weeks. Yesterday staff held a protest over the string of resignations as the DHB board, led by Sir John Hansen, met to discuss a proposal to cut $56 million from the deficit. Sue Nightingale says her departure is not about the deficit, but about the behaviour of the board.