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Health, Minister—Confidence

Tuesday 18 March 2008 Hansard source (external site)

Key3. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) Link to this
to the Prime Minister

Does she have confidence in the Minister of Health?

KeyJohn Key Link to this

What confidence can the public have in a report that fails to address many of the critical questions, including that of the actual appointment of Mr Hausmann by Annette King despite his clear and substantial conflicts of interest, as well as all those of the actions of the district health board executives in silencing the whistleblower, and their actions in allowing Hausmann to help write not just the tender documents but also the relevant board papers?

ClarkRt Hon HELEN CLARK Link to this

The report found that the board had inadequate systems for the management of conflicts of interest. The report also found that there was a seriously eroded and dysfunctional relationship between board and management. I believe that the Minister acted appropriately.

KeyJohn Key Link to this

What does the Prime Minister say to Deborah Houston, the Hawke’s Bay whistleblower, who became aware of serious conflicts of interest, who followed due process only to find that her professionalism was rewarded by the loss of her job, and who now finds out that these matters have been completely ignored by the report?

ClarkRt Hon HELEN CLARK Link to this

I do not believe there is any evidence to suggest that she lost her job because of whistle-blowing.

KeyJohn Key Link to this

Why did the report ignore issues around the whistleblower when the Prime Minister herself last year said, in relation to the treatment of the whistleblower, that “any issue around that could be looked at as well.”?

ClarkRt Hon HELEN CLARK Link to this

I repeat: I do not believe there is any evidence that the whistleblower lost her job because of whistle-blowing.

KeyJohn Key Link to this

Should the House have as much confidence in this report as it did in the Ingram report into Taito Phillip Field; and is it not a hallmark of the Prime Minister’s Government that she commissions reports to find out things she wants to hear and conveniently leaves a whole lot of other stuff unanswered unless people keep digging?

ClarkRt Hon HELEN CLARK Link to this

No, but it is a hallmark of the Opposition that it attacks every independent report commissioned by the Government.

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