Had an interesting meeting tonight with David Choat, who is a member of the local DHB.
I have always been a bit confused about the role of these boards.
Do they govern the health services within budgets and targets set by ministers, almost like a company would - and largely in secret?
Or are they publicly accountable bodies whose elected members have a responsibility to debate the hard issues in public, air disagreements and alternatives, and come to transparent calls?
The culture is the former. David is a bit more aligned with the latter.
What do you think?