1493784507969 - Palmerston North Hospital struggles to find key staff members despite global search

Palmerston North Hospital struggles to find key staff members despite global search

Despite scouring the globe for applicants, Palmerston North Hospital management is still unable to find the right people to lead two key departments.

Hospital management has been searching for a year to find a women’s health clinical director, and has also struggled to recruit a head of midwifery.

Suitable applicants have been sought from New Zealand, as well as overseas.

MidCentral chief executive Kathryn Cook said they would rather not appoint anyone than hire someone who was unsuitable.

“That is the decision to make and we continue to make.”

Cook said they had looked overseas to appoint a clinical director and were so far unable to recruit anyone for that role

“So it is not that we haven’t been trying. We are not dragging our feet.

“We are challenged, as are many DHBs, with finding the appropriate leaders.”

She said arrangements were in place in the interim.

“I would not want there to be the view that there is not appropriate leadership oversight of the service.”

MidCentral board member Barbara Robson said the recruitment process was taking a long time and expressed her concern that they could not find people for “two key leadership positions”.

“I do have a sense of nervousness that we do not have them in place.”

MidCentral chief medical officer Ken Clark said because the roles were so important, appointing the wrong person would be “disastrous”.

He said they needed to take their time in making the appointment.

The current leadership had done a good job in the interim, he said.