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Hairdresser petition launched in Nelson

Jo Goodhew MP
National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman

5 July 2008

Hairdresser petition launched in Nelson

“A day after truckies clogged our major centres, hairdressers look set to join the growing queue of Labour’s critics,” says National’s Associate Health spokeswoman Jo Goodhew.

“Labour has decided that hairdressers are a new public health menace, that’s why the public health bill seeks to impose fresh, bureaucratic regulation around them.   I’m not surprised they’re angry.”

Mrs Goodhew is commenting after Yvonne Bowater, the Chair of the Nelson Hairdressers Association and launched a petition today, calling for the Government to consult with hairdressers on the new ‘nanny state’ rules.

Under the Public Health Bill, hairdressers will be forced to provide a Public Health Risk Management Plan.

“These plans must identify the risks to public health that may arise from the activity, identify how those risks will be prevented or minimised, and set out a timetable for how they will be managed.

“Every Public Health Risk Management Plan must then be submitted to an assessor for approval.

“The Director General of Health will maintain a national database of consents granted as a result of a Public Health Risk Management Plan.  Once that’s out of the way an applicant will be given a certificate to display on their wall!

"On top of all this, the hairdresser will still require a consent from their local council to carry on business as a hairdresser.

“Labour is seeking to over-regulate everything from free speech, to light bulbs, and now hairdressers. It’s just a bridge too far.”


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