ML frustration: No doctor in charge

Hunter Medicare Local’s board angered some members when it declined to renew the contract of CEO Dr Mark Foster in June, and declined to give what the members considered a full explanation.

At the ML’s annual general meeting last month, those members voted against a motion to return half the board for another term.

After the protest vote failed with about 60 votes, the members told MO last week that they may call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) early next year.

“There’ll be an EGM and there will be two motions: one for the resignation of Karen Howard from the board as chair, and two, if that motion is overturned, to contact the [health] minister and ask the government to investigate the running of the Hunter Medicare Local,” a GP member, who did not want to be named, said.

“These are options being canvassed by concerned members. It’s really about them not listening to members. It&rsquo