Wellsford GP Dr Tim Malloy has resigned as the chairman of Comprehensive Care PHO, effective immediately, to enable him to focus on his health and family.
Malloy, whose vast contribution includes his work as a rural general practitioner for more than 30 years – he was granted the special status of Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP) earlier this year – said his need to concentrate on getting well again had by necessity become his main priority.
"I know that, while we always have challenges in our sector, I believe that I am leaving Comprehensive Care in great shape and in good hands," Malloy said.
Malloy, who has just been discharged from hospital after another health setback, is well known for his advocacy of primary and rural health care, his patients and general practitioners throughout New Zealand.
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In addition to his work as chairman of Comprehensive Care and president of the RNZCGP, Malloy serves as a member and current chairman of the General Practice Leaders Forum (GPLF), member of the Board of Best Practice Advocacy Centre New Zealand (bpacnz), the Prostate Cancer Taskforce Implementation Group, the Health Workforce New Zealand Governance group and many other leadership roles in primary care.
Comprehensive Care CEO John Ross said Malloy has worked tirelessly over the last seven years to position the Primary Health Organisation at the cutting edge of service delivery in primary healthcare. Ross said the board will appoint a chair from within their number in due course.