On Tuesday, we reported the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority's new chair formerly sat on the board of Cambie Surgeries Corp. - the company behind Brian Day's controversial private hospital. But, yesterday, Health Services Minister Kevin Falcon said his understanding is that Kip Woodward also has a "very small interest in a private clinic" via a family holding company. Speaking with Public Eye, the minister said, "That does not in anyway preclude Mr. Woodward from continuing the good service he did at Providence Health Care with the good service and great service he'll deliver as chair of Vancouver Coastal Health. And I should also point out that Mr. Woodward does this at no compensation. He does not accept any remuneration. He does it basically for the public good." A health services ministry spokesperson directed us to phone Providence for further details on Mr. Woodward's interest. We have not yet received a response to that query. Until Monday, Mr. Woodward was chair of Providence.
April 15, 2010