Atkinson says huge support prompted him to stand

By Corey Charlton

Hawke's Bay District Health Board chairman Kevin Atkinson has announced he will stand again in the elections.

Mr Atkinson has served 13 years on the District Health Board, including 10 as chairman.

He said his decision to stand for a third term was based on huge support from the community.

"Certainly the last three years have been really quite rewarding, and very productive.

"I've taken Hawke's Bay forward significantly over that period of time," he said.

This included getting the organisation into a good financial position and making surplus which enabled the DHB to invest in infrastructure, and the Clinical Council which has 16 members who represent various interests of the health sector, he said.

"I think that's just been an absolute huge advancement, prior to what's been happening over the past three years."

The health sector had its own unique challenges, he said.

"The biggest one is there's no limit to the amount of money you can invest in health so it's a matter of doing the very best you can, with the budgets that are made available.

"Hawke's Bay continues to face important health challenges.

"Achieving the best health outcomes for the region within the available funding will require a strong, committed and hard working board.

"The community's always concerned about the elective waiting list and being able to get procedures that improve your quality of life done pretty quickly.

"We're keen to make sure that we can deliver that service to as many people as possible within that time frame."

Mr Atkinson was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours list for services to business and the community.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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