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Head In The Sand Health Attitude Endangers

Head In The Sand Health Attitude Endangers All New Zealanders

“The head in the sand attitude of the Ministry of Health officials over clinical trials of a xenotransplantation treatment with the potential to cure diabetes has created a far more risky situation than that which they wanted to prevent,” said New Zealand First MP, Brian Donnelly.

“News that the trial is now to be moved to the Cook Islands is deeply worrying. I lived on Rarotonga during the Milan Brych saga and it was not pretty. The Cook Islands simply does not have the facilities or the health infrastructure, to support such a situation”.

“New Zealanders will be able to travel to the Cooks, get the treatment and return to New Zealand. If the Health officials believe that the risk is to other New Zealanders because of the possibility of retroviruses then this development means that we are at far greater risk than if the trials were to be held in New Zealand.”

“Through its attempts to manage this risk by establishing a blanket ban on Diatranz, including the introduction of retrogressive legislation, the Ministry of Health has driven the trials off-shore and heightened the risk to all”.

“It is time for the Minister of to step in on this matter,” said Mr Donnelly.


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