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December 12, 2012
The Speaker announced today the appointment of a new Ombudsman who will be joining us in 2013.
Professor Ron Paterson has been named Ombudsman designate appointed to replace Dr David McGee who is not seeking a second term. Ron is currently Professor of Law at the University of Auckland and will be taking up his new role in June 2013.
He was New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner from 2000 – 2010. With law degrees from Auckland and Oxford Universities, Ron has held Fulbright and Harkness Fellowships. He has researched and lectured in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada and Australia, and is an international expert on complaints, healthcare quality and the regulation of health professions. Ron is co-editor of the textbook Medical Law in New Zealand (2006) and author of The Good Doctor: What Patients Want (2012). He is currently Chairman of the New Zealand Banking Ombudsman Scheme and a member of the Board of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
We worked with Ron on a number of issues when he was in his role as Health and Disability Commissioner. He brings a wealth of complaint handling skills and relevant experience to the role of Ombudsman and we are looking forward to welcoming him to the team.Back to top ↑