Another National Party Mis-Fire
22 January 2002
Deputy Prime Minister and Wigram MP Jim Anderton is accusing the National Party of spending too long relaxing on holiday, after a low-profile National MP claimed Hillmorton hospital is closing on the day closure was averted.
National’s ‘Alec Neill’ has complained that Jim Anderton hasn’t prevented the Hillmorton closure, despite the fact that staff have voted to settle a dispute with the Canterbury District Health Board.
“All the National Party ever does in Opposition is make wild claims that invariably turn out to be wrong. This is another example of a National Party misfire.
“The National Party doesn’t seem to have noticed that the dispute has been resolved.
“Even before staff voted to accept the latest pay offer, I was in daily contact with the dispute. I attended and spoke at a meeting of all the parties last week which was convened by Christchurch mayor Garry Moore.
“So while the National Party was relaxing on holiday, it seems to have missed the meeting of the parties, it missed the fact that the dispute had been resolved and it missed the fact that I have been working on the issue,” Jim Anderton said.