Make minutes public, Waikato nurses urge

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is calling for the minutes of Health Waikato board meetings to be made public because of concerns that personal interests are affecting the board's choice of vendor for a new clinical IT system. New Zealand Nurses Organisation northern area manager James Ritchie says he is concerned about a possible waste of money.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisation is calling for the minutes of Health Waikato board meetings to be made public because of concerns that personal interests are affecting the board's choice of vendor for a new clinical IT system.

New Zealand Nurses Organisation northern area manager James Ritchie says he is concerned about a possible waste of money. "There's not a lot of money available at the moment. We don't want to see $15 million to $20 million spent on a system that's not the best option, and it looks as though that's what might happen. So we want things out in the open."

Meanwhile, Health Waikato chief executive Garry Smith resigned from his position last month. While he will not confirm the reason for his departure, he left without another position to move to and says his resignation was partly because of "issues I feel strongly about".

Chief financial officer Ben Smitt is in charge of the clinical IT project, but will only say that the board has narrowed its options from four to two vendors and will make a decision "soon". Choosing a vendor, he says, is always difficult, "because people will always have different views. But we're trying to take the business view and invest the money as best we can."

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