The Tasmanian government has announced the new chairman for the state's restructured health system to be introduced later this year.
Minister for health Michelle O'Byrne announced Graeme Houghton as the head of the Tasmanian Health Organisations today (January 11).
"Mr Houghton is a highly skilled healthcare manager and Tasmania is fortunate to have secured his experience for the benefit of our health system," Ms O'Byrne said.
"As the single chair of the three THOs he will play a major role in delivering a coordinated health system while ensuring that local control and local decision making is maintained across the state."
Mr Houghton – due to take over from the existing Area Health Services in July – has suggested that while the state system is a challenge, it is not in crisis.
"The challenge is to just make sure that as we try to reduce cost that we don't do any damage to the system and that people in the community are getting the best possible care they can with the resources available," he told the ABC (January 11).
The initial plan to restructure the state system was announced in November last year.