Former principal heads health board

A FORMER school principal will be the chairman of the newly announced Wide Bay Hospital and Health Board, which was formed as part of the State Government's shake-up of Queensland Health.

Gary Kirk, who was principal at Bundaberg's Norville State School, would take the reins of the group in a move Health Minister Lawrence Springborg said marked the start of the return of local control in the delivery of health services in the Wide Bay region.

"The people of the Wide Bay region, which includes the major areas of Bundaberg, Maryborough and the Fraser Coast, deserve to have greater trust and confidence in local health services and that's what this government is on the path to delivering," he said.

Mr Springborg said creation of the board would put decision- making back in the hands of the community where it belonged and increase local accountability for the delivery of health services.

"The new chair will be accountable for the performance of the local hospital and health board in purchasing and providing health services that meet the needs of their area," he said.

Recruitment of board members would be finalised in coming weeks.

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