Paying Tribute

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.



Author: Geraint Martin

Geraint Martin was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Counties Manukau DHB in December 2006. It is one of the largest District Health Boards in New Zealand and services a population of half a million. He has significant experience over 30 years in national policy & in managing both primary and secondary care . Previously, he was Director of Health and Social Care Strategy at the Welsh Government .He authored a radical 10 year strategy of reform, including the successful “Saving 1000 lives” Campaign.Until 2004, he was CEO at Kettering General Hospital & had held senior positions in London & Birmingham.He has worked closely with clinicians in improving clinical standards,patient safety,chronic disease management & managing acute care to reduce hospital demand.In NZ, He has promoted clinical quality and leadership as central to improving patientcare. This has led to a significant increases in productivity and access, whilst maintaining financial balance. CMH has completed in 2014 a $500 m capital redevelopment programme, the largest in New Zealand. A central part of this is the establishment of Ko Awatea,the Centre for Innovation and Research which will underpin CMH as one of the the leading health systems in Australasia.In 2008, he chaired the Ministerial Review of Emergency Care in New Zealand, and in 2013 was an member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Health Sector Performance. Geraint has an MSc in Health Policy from Birmingham University .His post-graduate work has focused on health economics and Corporate Strategy . He is adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at AUT and Victoria University, Wellington Elected in 2006 as a Companion of the Institute of Healthcare Management, previously he was an Associate Fellow at Birmingham University.He is is Chair of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a member of the Institute of Directors, on the Board of the NZ Institute of Health Management & previously the Board of The NZ Health Quality and Safety Commission.

One thought on “Paying Tribute”

  1. Hi Geraint

    Thanks you for your lovely tribute to Martin Richard.
    Having run the 100th Boston Marathon in 1996, the Boston Bombing and killing and
    maiming of innocent people has also hit me hard. The atmosphere at this Marathon is amazing and
    people of Boston really get out there and encourage every runner no matter if they are an elite or
    the slowest runner in the world. I don’t know how many high fives I did that day!!
    I will treasure my medal and my photo at the finish with even more poignancy now.
    My thoughts go out to family and friends of all thos killed and injured in the tragic event
    of Monday 15th April 2013.

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