7 Dec 2011
The Health Quality & Safety Commission congratulates its deputy chair, Dr Peter Foley, who was awarded a New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) Fellowship last week in appreciation of many years of service to the organisation and the wider medical profession.
Dr Foley is immediate past chairman of the NZMA, having served two terms. The fellowship was presented by NZMA President Dr Aine McCoy at the organisation’s 125th anniversary function on 29 November 2011.
He is well known and respected for his impressive work ethic. As well as being deputy chair of the Commission he holds the post of Chief Medical Officer for Primary Care at Hawke’s Bay District Health Board and works as a GP in his Napier practice. Prior to being elected NZMA Chair, Dr Foley was the Chair of the NZMA General Practitioner Council for four years, and was the inaugural Chair of the GP Leaders Forum.
Commission Chief Executive Dr Janice Wilson says Dr Foley is highly experienced, not just at a strategic level, but also when it comes to working with the community.
“Peter is skilled at dealing with health systems at a ‘big picture’ level, while also continuing to work at the frontline with patients.
“We are thrilled that he has been awarded this honour, and look forward to his continued strong input as deputy chair of the Commission Board.”
At the same function, the NZMA annual Chair’s Award was presented to David Meates for leading the Canterbury District Health Board in its community response to the earthquake in February. Dr Andrew Old, a public health specialist at the Auckland District Health Board, was also awarded an NZMA Fellowship.