Director-General Of Health To Step Down In July

Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes has
today announced the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley
Bloomfield, has chosen to step down at the end of

The Commissioner said Dr Bloomfield had
done an outstanding job leading the Government’s health
response to COVID-19 and the vaccination rollout.

Bloomfield signalled with the Commissioner late last year he
intended to step down before his term officially ended on 11
June 2023.

New Zealand is in a strong position because
of its response to COVID-19 and its high vaccination rates.
Dr Bloomfield has played a vital role in New Zealand’s
success. At this stage in the Government’s COVID-19
response, and at the beginning of significant changes to the
health and disability sector, Dr Bloomfield feels July is a
good time to step away and have an extended

“Dr Bloomfield has worked tirelessly for more
than two years to keep New Zealanders safe from
coronavirus,” said Mr Hughes.

“Dr Bloomfield has
demonstrated remarkable resilience and courage in leading
the health system’s overall response to COVID-19. That
response has saved lives.

“I thank Dr Bloomfield for
his commitment to public service, his spirit of service to
the community and his exceptional contribution to New
Zealand’s COVID-19 response. I know many New Zealanders
will also be thankful for the job he has done.

Bloomfield always wanted to stay until New Zealand was in a
good place with coronavirus. That time is now.”

Commissioner will appoint an acting Director-General before
Dr Bloomfield finishes on 29 July

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