Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield will step down from the Ministry of Health in July, after leading the country through the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Public Service Commission announced Bloomfield’s resignation on Wednesday.
Public Service Commissioner Peter Hughes says Dr Bloomfield had done an outstanding job leading the Government’s health response to Covid-19 and the vaccination rollout.
Dr Bloomfield signalled with the Commissioner late last year he intended to step down before his term officially ended on June 11, 2023.
New Zealand is in a strong position because of its response to Covid-19 and its high vaccination rates.
Dr Bloomfield has played a vital role in New Zealand’s success. At this stage in the Government’s COVID-19 response, 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,” says Hughes.
“Dr Bloomfield has demonstrated remarkable resilience and courage in leading the health system’s overall response to Covid-19. That response has saved lives.
“I thank Dr Bloomfield for his commitment to public service, his spirit of service to the community and his exceptional contribution to New Zealand’s Covid-19 response. I know many New Zealanders will also be thankful for the job he has done.
“Dr Bloomfield always wanted to stay until New Zealand was in a good place with coronavirus. That time is now.”
The Commissioner will appoint an acting Director-General before Dr Bloomfield finishes on July 29, 2022.