I also dealt with Stewart many times when I needed some common sense at the Ministry, and as part of the Medicines Classification Committee. He was a gentleman indeed.
I had correspondence with Stewart at a time when the MOH's recommendations concerning the third generation pill appeared knee jerk and certainly contrary to the strong advice of the international visiting contraception guru John Guillebaud. In the medical & media furnace at the time Stewart kept a calm and rational head and was proved to be 100% correct in his judgment. He will be missed.
Treating 23,500 elective day surgery patients in rural New Zealand is just part of the story. Education, training and workshops to support rural doctors and nurses is leaving a much bigger footprint
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