Ashley Bloomfield named as NZ director-general of health
Hutt Valley DHB chief executive Ashley Bloomfield has been appointed as New Zealand's new director-general of health, taking over from Chai Chuah, who resigned in February.
Dr Bloomfield is a medical doctor who has worked in public health, health policy and health services management, and since January has been acting as CEO of Capital and Coast DHB.
He will oversee a public health budget of more than $18 billion across a workforce of more than 65,000.
Deputy state services commissioner Debbie Power said Dr Bloomfield had worked at every level of the health sector, including in public hospitals, as part of clinical teams and in primary care.
“Dr Bloomfield has a deep understanding of the New Zealand health system and has considerable experience internationally, having worked for the World Health Organisation (WHO),” Ms Power said in a statement.
“His strong relationships across the sector will help him to hit the ground running and lead the Ministry and the sector at pace.”
Health Minister David Clark said he had the skills and experience to be an outstanding leader for the Ministry of Health.
“Dr Bloomfield understands our health system and has sector leadership experience,” Dr Clark said. “He has a clinical background and has worked in primary care, public health and health policy.
“That depth and breadth of experience – and the strong relationships Dr Bloomfield has in the health sector - will be invaluable as he takes over leadership of the Ministry of Health."
The position involves a five-year term, effective from June 11.
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