- April 17, 2018 at 11:22 am #1676334
lilith7MemberMember since: April 9, 2017
“Transport Minister Phil Twyford says wheel clamping needs to be illegal – and he is working on legislation to make that happen.
Twyford said on Monday he was working with Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi on legislation that would ban the controversial practice.
“It is time to change the law and either ban wheel clamping or regulate it.”
This should be interesting – the right caught in a dilemma;something they despise – wheel clamping – to be addressed by a coalition govt which they also despise.
I think we can be fairly sure this won’t be mentioned by the odious whaleoil,let alone praised since he seems not to bother giving credit where its due,except to opposition supporters obviously.
I suspect it will be largely ignored. 🙄 🙄April 17, 2018 at 11:30 am #1676336
mommabear70MemberMember since: February 20, 2017
Ignored you say?
The banning of wheel-clampers is Labour’s best deflection idea yet. Gee whiz, another business and jobs down the drain.
Every other deflection idea has failed miserably (particularly Clark’s) and is showing in the latest poll.
Can’t get houses built, can’t get trees planted, no money now for the promised decent pay rises for nurses. So..Let’s Deflect This!April 17, 2018 at 11:47 am #1676338
mommabear70MemberMember since: February 20, 2017
Looks like Health Minister Clark has been caught telling porkies.
The government went large on issues at Middlemore Hospital, and people started digging, wondering where was the evidence of all this.
It seems to have turned out that the health minister has made up some of the story.
Leaked emails showing the head of Middlemore hospital was unhappy with denials by Health Minister David Clark that he had been properly briefed on the extent of leaky building problems there raises serious questions of inconsistency.
Gloria Johnson, the acting chief executive of Counties Manukau District Health Board (which runs Middlemore), emailed board members on March 23 after Clark publicly complained about not having been told more during a visit the previous week.
She told the board members in the email that documents given to Clark and an adviser during a visit to the hospital on March 13 “spells out succinctly the scale and nature of the facilities issue.”
The email, obtained by Stuff, quotes Johnson as saying: “It is very disappointing that we are now being accused by the media and the minister of ‘covering up’ these issues.”
More importantly, the leaked correspondence reportedly shows that David Clark was “specifically told” by Johnson at the meeting during the visit there were “similar problems in multiple buildings.”
Other documents obtained by Stuff includes one written on November 22 for the Ministry of Health which set out the case of $123 million of work needed over multiple buildings at Middlemore hospital.
Clark has criticised former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman for not having been aware of the extent of the problem.
But new National health spokesman Michael Woodhouse said the Johnson emails “indicate that he would have known more than he has admitted to.”
“It just beggars belief that he would go to Middlemore Hospital in March to look at a building that has known cladding issues and then not be told about the other issues that they have.
It seems ironic in the extreme that he would criticise the previous minister for not knowing when he should have and then to claim ignorance of clear advice to at least the ministry about the state of the building stock.
I can’t wait for the documentation that shows where this mysterious sewage leak was and all the OSH forms that would have fallen out of that. What is more interesting is that no union raised such a serious issue at all in the nine years of the last government, yet it materialises just last week.
This is yet another minister making a hash of their job.April 17, 2018 at 12:00 pm #1676340
don021MemberMember since: May 15, 2012
I would have thought wheel clamping is already illegal, it is intereferance with somebody’s property, such as chaining somebody’s front gate or putting a rock on a driveway. I would like to see a prosecution initiated against the wheel clamper, for interfwereing with private property.April 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm #1676345
I can’t remember which report they came from but they are there. All the reports are there if you look and they all have some reference to the state of the buildings all be it oblique.
I understand these reports are sent to the Minister so the fact they have the information I quoted above show Coleman knew.
Or perhaps I should say he should have known if he or his staff had read the reports. Perhaps he just filed the reports and didn’t both to follow up on what, to me, would be a scarlet flag screaming for attention and budget.
Cheers 🙂April 17, 2018 at 1:43 pm #1676346
The latest poll is interesting.
Colmar Brunton show Labour down 5% to 43% which I guess shows the honeymoon period is over.
Unfortunately National only got 1% of the shift to 44%.
The Greens and NZ First got the rest of the support with the Greens on 6% and NZ First on 5%
Which means the Labour Greens grouping is on 50% so even in NZ First went to National they still wouldn’t have a majority.
Simon has only 10% support as preferred PM which is not good news for him given most new leaders get a big jump when they take the reins as should their party.
Bill had something like 30% support so I wonder where that went.
Cheers 🙂April 17, 2018 at 4:24 pm #1676353
halcyonMemberMember since: May 4, 2014
Truth is getting harder to find Hero. Both camps are blaming the other. Now there are allegations that the head of Middlemore hospital is claiming Health Minister David Clark was properly briefed on the extent of leaky building problems when he and an adviser visited the hospital on March 13. This is contrary to Clark’s claim.
Further , the DHBs report to the Health Select committee. The Chairperson of the Committee is Louisa Wall who was appointed in November last year. The Deputy Chair is Shane Reit who was initially appointed to the Health Select Committee in 2014. In total there are four Labour MPs and three National MPs on the Committee. The Committee would have had both National and Labour representatives during the period of the previous Parliament.
While I found reports about the condition of buildings on the links you provided, the only report relating to the Counties Manukau DHB was a positive report. I do not see how I can extrapolate from Auckland DHB a report to support a claim of advice of poor buildings in Middlemore.
In the absence of any evidence that actually links the situation to a particular party it is impossible to sheet home fault. May I suggest it appears that all parties have been embarrassed by the exposure of the state of Middlemore buildings and are trying to hang the blame on anyone but themselves. Such is politics.April 17, 2018 at 4:34 pm #1676355
It would appear that the head of the DHB doesn’t like giving bad news.
Leadership in charge of Middlemore Hospital and the Minister of Health are at odds over whether the Minister was informed of the extent of problems at Middlemore Hospital.
At the centre of the dispute: What the Minister described to Stuff as a “wodge of papers”.
The papers were given to him during a visit to the hospital a month ago – March 13. During the visit, Health Minister David Clark was told of the leaking sewerage, the rot and the mould in the Scott building.
Crucially, he says he was not told of issues in the other buildings.
But the chief executive of the Counties Manukau District Health Board Gloria Johnson says those papers contained information about “similar problems in multiple buildings”, she told Stuff.
An email she sent to board members said the documents given to Dr Clark and his advisor “spells out succinctly the scale and nature of the facilities issue,” Stuff reports.
But Dr Clark takes issue with the issues with the buildings not being raised with him in person.
“When I visited Counties Manukau DHB on March 13 I was not told about any building issues other than with the Scott Building, which required re-cladding work (which I subsequently approved extra funding for),” he told Newshub.
“As I have said previously, I cannot understand why other issues were not raised with me directly during that visit.
“I would expect something of this seriousness to be raised with me in person. I have made my disappointment about that clear.”
Seems to me like the DHB has given large reports with the detail buried in the content and thinks that is good enough. I can see the Minister’s position if the DHB didn’t take the opportunity to detail the other problems in person. If it had been me I would have. Maybe they think the current government is like the old government and doesn’t want to hear bad news.
Cheers 🙂April 17, 2018 at 4:53 pm #1676360
You just need to dig deeper but I have to admit the report at Counties Manukau is hard to find.
Here is the link to the document that went to current Minister:
This is their statement under the heading “Significant capital investment will be required” :
Overall, our facilities are dated, with significant deferred and delayed maintenance being common across the region. We have many references that facilities are not ‘fit for purpose’ with regard to current models of care. 5.4% of building facilities and physical infrastructure are rated as being in ‘very poor’ condition. This increases to 18.4% if we add in assets in ‘poor’ as well as ‘very poor’ condition.
It then goes on to talk about growth which may have made the reader thing the investment was about extra facilities by 2035.
I can’t find a link to the report that went to the previous Minister.
Cheers 🙂April 17, 2018 at 4:58 pm #1676363
Having said that the Waitemata DHB does show the historic reports and this is what they put in an earlier report to the previous Minister under the heading “A need to invest, but limited funds”
Facilities issues – There are a number of facilities in our region that are not fit for purpose and require substantial investment. About 25% of our buildings are ranked ‘poor’, ‘very poor’ or as ‘moderate’ (largely with less than five years of life left).
It also states this:
Facilities and Capital
We understand the implications of national and global economic signals and will plan our capital developments accordingly. We will continue to strengthen our regional mechanisms to ensure rigorous challenge of our capital plans. We will invest in capital developments that fit within a framework of change that prioritises changes to models of care and the better use of information and technology. As part of our renewal and replacement we will rationalise the existing building stock to make the best use of regional resources.
And Coleman’s response on page 5 is interesting in that he doesn’t agree to any capital projects requiring equity, lending or self funding.
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