National announces new mental health spokesman

Opposition leader Bill English has created a new mental health spokesperson role in his new opposition team line-up.

Yesterday English confirmed former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman as opposition health spokesman and announced Waimakariri MP and former Canterbury District Health Board manager Matt Doocey as mental health spokesman.

Cantabrian Doocey has an MA in health care management from London’s Kingston University and worked in mental health and healthcare management in the United Kingdom before returning to Christchurch after the Canterbury earthquakes. He was elected to parliament in 2014.

Other health-related spokespeople announced included Whangarei MP Shane Reti as associate health spokesperson and list MP Jo (Joanne) Hayes as Whānau Ora and associate children’s spokesperson.



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