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National bill to make DHB organisation accountable

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

Dr Jackie Blue
National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman

28 August 2006

National Party bill to make DHB organisation accountable

National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Dr Jackie Blue is pleased her Official Information (Openness of District Health Boards New Zealand) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the ballot to be debated by Parliament.

"District Health Boards of New Zealand (DHBNZ) is an organisation that is funded by taxpayers through financial contributions from the 21 DHBs to carry out DHB business," says Dr Blue.

"While other taxpayer-funded organisations are open to scrutiny and accountability, this secretive organisation is not.

"It is not subject to the Official Information Act."

National's Health spokesman Tony Ryall says this lack of transparency and immunity to scrutiny means the organisation is failing New Zealand taxpayers.

"There is no reason why DHBNZ should continue to be exempt.

"If DHBNZ has nothing to hide, it should not have a problem with this bill.”

The MPs say they anticipate cross-party support when the bill is debated in September.


ENDS

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