12 Dec 2012

Ron Paterson a new Ombudsman

7:56 pm on 12 December 2012

Former Health and Disability Commissioner Ron Paterson has been appointed an Ombudsman and will take up the job next June.

He replaces David McGee, who is not seeking a second term.

Parliament's Speaker Lockwood Smith says Professor Paterson is well regarded here and overseas for his legal expertise, particularly in the area of patients' rights and improving the quality of healthcare.

He is currently professor of law at Auckland University.