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Minister should apologise for cover-up accusations

Wyatt Creech


National Health Spokesperson

Monday 24 July 2000

Health Minister should apologise over 'cover-up' accusations

The Health Minister should tender an apology to those whose reputations she impugned with her suggestion of a 'cover-up' involving National Party members over the Gisborne Hospital prostate cancer issue, National's Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today.

"Her suggestions were party politically motivated.

"Annette King was quick to draw conclusions that painted a very negative picture questioning some people's professional judgement. They quite rightly were upset.

"Now she has received a report from CCMAU showing there was no so-called "National Party cover-up". She should backtrack and apologise.

"The Minister should stop playing petty party politics and get on with restoring people's confidence in health services."

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