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Prize For Bureaucratic Stupidity

7 March 2002

Capital And Coast District Health Board Takes Prize For Bureaucratic Stupidity

United Future leader, Hon Peter Dunne, has lashed out at Capital and Coast District Health Board, accusing it of bureaucratic stupidity.

Mr Dunne’s anger arises following a written approach he made to the Board regarding a constituent who had complaints regarding treatment by the Board.

“The constituent wrote to me asking me to follow up her concerns with Board, and I wrote to the chief executive asking for her to look into the matter, and enclosing the constituent’s letter.”

“I was astounded to then be advised by an officer of the Board that they could take no action on the matter, without the written prior consent of the constituent, and that the letter from the constituent did not constitute that, and was essentially a private letter to me.”

“This is the most arrant nonsense I have heard from any public agency in almost 18 years as an MP.”

“The sole reason why people write to their MPs on matters like this is because they want them to follow them up with the appropriate authorities, and the last thing they expect is to then be required to provide further authorisation in the idiotic manner Capital and Coast District Health are now suggesting.”

“I have written to the Privacy Commissioner asking him to tell the Board it must be from another plant if it believes this approach constitutes best practice and is in the public interest, and I will be writing to the Minister of Health as well asking whether this politically correct rubbish is what he new health system is all about.”

“In the meantime, I appeal to Capital and Coast District Health Board to re-join this solar system, exercise just a measure of common-sense, and dump this mad policy.”

“People have a right to have their complaints about the health system dealt with, not fobbed off by this type of bureaucratic stupidity,” Mr Dunne says. Ends

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