26 Mar 2015

Chai Chuah permanent head of Health Ministry

2:51 pm on 26 March 2015

After a year-and-a-half as the acting head of the Health Ministry, Chai Chuah has been appointed as its permanent head.

The long-awaited announcement was made by the State Services Commission today.

Mr Chuah is a chartered accountant and former head of the Hutt Valley District Health Board, with a long experience in the health sector.

He has been the acting chief executive and director general of the Ministry since Kevin Woods departed a year and a half ago.

Progress in finding a replacement was interrupted by the general election and the appointment of a new health minister.

State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie said he was pleased to appoint Mr Chuah as permanent head of the ministry, on a five-year contract.

The ministry has a budget of $193 million, at the head of a sector spending $15 billion of taxpayers' money per annum.

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