[nbr] After nine months’ alcohol-related medical leave, the Commerce Commission’s telecommunications commissioner, Ross Patterson, is ready to return to his desk, where an unprecedented number of investigations await - but his path seems blocked.
On leave since September 19 last year, Dr Patterson (pictured) has now passed an independent medical test, NBR understands.
However, NBR also understands that neither Commerce Commission chairman Mark Berry (who is acting telecommunications commissioner) nor associate commerce minister Rodney Hide, who is responsible for the commission, want Dr Patterson back.
That being the case, it would fall on the shoulders of Commerce Minister Simon Power to adjudicate.
Telco commissioner beats bottle but political demons remain