It’s with great sadness that I want to acknowledge two people who have passed away this week, the losses of which I have found particularly poignant.
Firstly, I am today attending the funeral of Dr Peter Foley, a well-respected New Zealander whom many of you will know. As well as being a Hawkes Bay GP, he was Chairman of the New Zealand Medical Association, a fellow board member on the Health Quality and Safety Commission, and Hawkes Bay District Health Board’s Chief of Primary Care. Sadly he died of cancer earlier this week.
This is a huge professional loss to all of us working in healthcare in New Zealand, but we’ve also lost a real gentleman and genuinely lovely man. I just want to acknowledge that and extend my sympathies to his family.
The other loss which has really moved me this week was that of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy killed during the Boston Marathon bombings. This was a really tragic story of an innocent, young child running to greet his father and, as a result, getting caught in the bomb blast. It’s a powerful reminder to me of the need to be nice to each other and that people, every single one of us, matter.