GP Shane Reti interim leader of NZ opposition
New Zealand’s opposition National Party is being led by Whangarei GP Shane Reti for the next week after leader Judith Collins was dumped in a party room vote of no confidence on the weekend.
Dr Reti, National’s deputy leader and health spokesperson, has an interest in health IT and completed a Harkness fellowship at Harvard Medical School on patient-centered policies for personal health records.
He was also chief operating officer in the division of clinical informatics at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2009.
Dr Reti will act as interim leader until a vote scheduled for next week, which former National leader Simon Bridges is also considering contesting.
Dr Reti has been a critic of NZ’s national health reforms, particularly the dissolution of district health boards.
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