South’s main man on health exits as headache rolls on

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A man in the eye of the storm over the future of Wakatipu health services is quitting. 

Southern District Health Board chief executive Brian Rousseau’s resignation, effective from the end of this year, was announced yesterday (Tuesday) by SDHB chairman Joe Butterfield. 

South African-raised Rousseau has been the Wakatipu’s overall public health boss since becoming chief executive of the former Southland District Health Board in 2007. 

He grafted that role onto his existing role of Otago District Health Board chief executive, which he’d held since 2003. 

Rousseau then became chief executive of the new Southern District Health Board after the two boards merged in May last year. 

His resignation comes two weeks after the Government’s National Health Board moved to resolve the stalemate over Wakatipu health services. 

Two months ago, Rousseau fronted a large public meeting in Queenstown, attended by about 400 people, to address concerns over SDHB’s proposal to redevelop of Frankton’s Lakes District Hospital into an Integrated Family Health Centre. 

Butterfield says a search for Rousseau’s replacement will start immediately.