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Cullen tricky over Napier Hospital

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

14 February 2006

Cullen tricky over Napier Hospital

Michael Cullen has been caught up in more incompetence over the derelict Napier Hospital site, says National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall.

"On Saturday, Dr Cullen announced that he had signed off on the sale of the hospital site and that this meant ‘the district health board can move forward to dispose of the site’,” says Mr Ryall.

"It's now been revealed that key agencies involved haven’t heard of this approval. In fact, Te Puni Kokiri is still to clear the land of waahi tapu, a process that should have happened months ago.

"Public servants are ducking for cover trying to reconcile Dr Cullen's assurances with what has actually happened.

"All the while, the people of Hawke’s Bay are paying rent with money that should be used for operations.

"Dr Cullen should now give the people of Hawke’s Bay the full state of affairs, rather than perpetuate the incompetence of himself and his officials,” says Mr Ryall.



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