A wide-sweeping review of New Zealand’s public health system will consider new funding arrangements and whether the District Health Board system “helps or hinders” the provision of healthcare.
Health Minister David Clark announced the review and the appointment of long-time Labour operative and former Helen Clark confidant, Heatheer Simpson, to spearhead it.
This is a huge conflict of interest.
Simpson is certainly well qualified in the health area. But she is currently employed in the Prime Minister’s Office. She also happens to be Jacinda Ardern’s former boss in Clark’s office.
You can’t have a member of the PM’s Office in charge of a major review. It’s the opposite of independent.