Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Health secretary Elizabeth Koff, who led NSW Covid-19 fight, resigns

A top official at New South Wales Health who helped shape the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is leaving her post.
Elizabeth Koff, NSW Health Secretary, today tendered her resignation, the State Government announced.
Koff spent 30 years working for the state’s health system and spent six years in the senior post of secretary.
She oversaw NSW Health responses to the pandemic, including testing centres, vaccination clinics, hospital operations and the development of structures for guidance and support from clinical expert advisory groups.
Ms Koff will leave her role on March 4, 2022.
In a statement released this morning, Health Minister Brad Hazzard thanked Ms Koff for her service and strong leadership.
“She has led and supported the most outstanding executive health team and broader health teams at times of great pressure,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The NSW Government thanks her for that leadership and for ensuring that NSW residents have the strongest and most capable health system in the nation.”
Ms Koff’s resignation comes as the state recorded 6184 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest daily number since last year.
Tomorrow, thousands of nurses are expected to go on strike as they demand better working conditions and a pay rise above the government’s offer of 2.5 per cent.

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