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Friday, November 11, 2005

57 MinHealth contracts awarded to former staff instead of tendered

The latest McCully has a roundup of what sounds awfully like corruption at the Ministry of Health:
Auditor-General Report on Health Nazi Contracts

A report of the Auditor-General on a series of cosy little Ministry of Health contracts is now only weeks away. Regular readers may recall that previous Health Minister Annette King engaged in a cover-up operation for many months, refusing to answer Parliamentary questions about contracts awarded by public health officials to a coterie of former Health officials, now trading as Allen and Clarke. Finally worn down by the efforts of the humble but persistent Member for East Coast Bays, King did furnish an answer (owning up to 24 contracts). An answer that turned out to be very wrong. And one she hastily corrected when she was alerted to the fact that the Auditor-General had agreed to investigate (fessing up to a further 18 contracts).

Weeks later King was forced to again correct her answer as her officials "found" more contracts that had previously escaped their notice. Allen and Clarke, the former Health officials, had been awarded 60 separate contracts by their former Ministry, only three of which had been tendered.

Due partly to the inability of the Ministry to supply accurate information, the Auditor-General has taken months to compile a report. A draft has been in the hands of the Ministry for some time. A sure sign that it contains adverse findings against the Ministry, and that their expensive, taxpayer-funded lawyers will be attempting to get the final report watered down (don't worry, we will tell you what the lawyers cost in due course).

So, watch this space. The full story will show a Ministry that was out of control, being presided over by an incompetent and lazy Minister. And you know where you will read about it first.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 11/11/2005 01:27:00 pm


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'd be interested to see what the political affiliations, if any, of the former staff turn out to be. What donations, if any, did they make to Labour Party funds? Is this yet another clever way to channel tax payer funds into election funding for Labour?

11/11/2005 01:45:00 pm  
Blogger darren said...

I agree, Adolf.
But what puzzles me is why does NZ always seem to come top in those anticorruption surveys.
With what we see from Liar-bour, surely we must be heading towards South American dictatorship status, or at least Southern European.

11/11/2005 02:05:00 pm  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

Don't worry AL, no one in the media will pay any attention to this. If you're left, you're entitled to your own little fiefdoms and corruption. That's to be expected.

It's interesting McCully also mentions the Frontier of Dreams series. I bought the book but was quite disappointed. The leftish version of our history. Reading how Helen is lauded is just painful.

11/11/2005 07:18:00 pm  

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