Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, has chosen to step down at the end of July.
Dr Bloomfield has played a vital role in New Zealand’s success against COVID-19. At this stage in our response to the pandemic and at the beginning of significant changes to the health and disability sector, Dr Bloomfield feels July is a good time to step away and have an extended break.
Dr Bloomfield has worked tirelessly for more than two years to keep New Zealanders safe from coronavirus.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reached out over Instagram saying "There’s not many public servants I have got to know as well as Dr Ashley Bloomfield. In every sense of the word - through his tireless dedication, his focus on people, his calm and considered approach - he has been a true public servant."
The Commissioner will appoint an acting Director-General before Dr Bloomfield finishes on 29 July 2022.