This is such a failure of management and leadership.
The Government was told that it should be testing frontline staff weekly. But it turned not only wasn’t it testing them weekly, it wasn’t even testing most of them at all.
A really good Minister would have been insisting on daily testing reports which include testing of frontline staff. That is how you ensure it is done – require officials to report to you progress.
Hipkins is implying Ministers were misled over the extent of testing. If that is the case, then I am sure he will produce the reports from officials that were wrong, and then of course ensure the officials responsible are held accountable.
Or maybe it is that Ministers never asked for regular reporting on how many front line staff had been tested.
If I was a Minister, I would identify the say ten largest threats to keeping Covid-19 contained, and then make sure that I am getting reports on each area at least once a week, if not daily.