Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Green Party asks Tony Ryall to come clean

19 March 2014

Green Party asks Tony Ryall to come clean

New evidence proves Health Officials were told in 2010 that a dispute involving the Southland District Health Board involved allegations of fraud, revealing that Health Minister Tony Ryall gave incorrect statements to Parliament, Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said today.

An email from former Southern DHB CEO Brian Rousseau to the Director General of Health in June 2010 shows that the DHB was asking for help from officials in relation to a multimillion dollar dispute with South Link Health and that the dispute involved allegations of fraud.

“Tony Ryall has repeatedly denied that his officials knew anything about any allegations involving fraud before the end of 2013. This new information shows that he is completely wrong and that officials knew full well the extent of the concerns about the missing funds years before he says they did,” Mr Hague said.

When asked on March 5 when officials were first informed of allegations of fraud Mr Ryall replied: “They became aware of concerns about fraud in late 2013.”

“Tony Ryall must urgently correct the record and come clean about his full involvement in this dispute,” Mr Hague said.

“It beggars belief that the Minister would not have known that such serious allegations had been raised about the misuse of money in his portfolio, and if he didn’t know about these concerns, why on earth not?”

“Regardless of whether he was informed about allegations of fraud, Tony Ryall’s involvement in the dispute still raises extremely serious questions.

“Tony Ryall has admitted advising the DHB not to go to court to retrieve the funds and his story about what he knew has changed several times in answer to my questions in the House.

“Tony Ryall is deeply involved in this dispute and needs to come clean about he knew, when he knew it, why he intervened to stop the DHB from going to court to retrieve millions in public money, and why he told Parliament that his officials were not aware of allegations of fraud when they clearly were.

“Mr Rousseau has asked me to make his emails public in an effort to ensure that the full story is made public and a proper investigation is held.”

Copies of the emails released today: https://www.greens.org.nz/misc-documents/emails-regarding-southern-district-health-board-dispute

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Greek Riddles:
Gordon Campbell On The Recent Smackdown Over Greece

There had been a fortnight of fevered buildup. Yet here we are in the aftermath of the February 28 showdown between the new Syriza government in Greece and the European Union “troika” and… no-one seems entirely sure what happened. Did the asteroid miss Earth?

It seems to have. The EU still exists. Syriza is now claiming a victory of sorts. It doesn’t help that the only people who do appear to be sure (the Greeks buckled) are claiming the exact opposite to what the other group (the Greeks won!) are saying. Plus, there are bets either way e.g. Bloomberg News: “Its too early to say who caved in to whom.” More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Iraq: Ex-Hostage Says Government Not Putting NZers, Iraqis First

Harmeet Singh Sooden is travelling to Iraq in the coming weeks to work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) on a short-term assignment. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Statement: Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Key warmly welcomed Prime Minister Abbott and Mrs Abbott to New Zealand. The visit has enabled wide-ranging and substantive discussion that has underlined the strength, value, diversity and warmth of our trans-Tasman relationship. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: Peters To Stand In Northland By-Election

New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters has announced his intention to stand in the Northland by-election, citing his own links to the electorate and ongoing neglect of the region by central government. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Wage Hike For MPs (and Paul Robeson)

Hard to tell what is more infuriating. Is it the 5.3% increase on the already bloated salaries of MPs, or their pantomime of outrage at being gifted with such a wonderful back-dated bonanza? More>>

ALSO:

No Designers Or Visual Artists: Flag Panel Members Announced

The Government has appointed 12 New Zealanders as members of the Flag Consideration Panel which will engage with the public about a possible new New Zealand flag, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English says. More>>

ALSO:

Labour MP Stands Down From Portfolio: Comment From Carmel Sepuloni

The first I knew of my mother’s charges was when I was called by a reporter yesterday. I spoke to Andrew and we agreed there is a conflict of interest at the present time which means I will temporarily stand aside from the Social Development portfolio. It’s the right thing to do… . More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Whether NZ Troops Are The Least Of Islamic State’s Problems

Given that it has been politically packaged and sold as a training mission, the Iraq deployment announced yesterday by Prime Minister John Key seemed to be mysteriously short of actual trainers... The other wing of the argument is whether a troop deployment is (a) the only effective way and (b) the appropriate time to combat Islamic State. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news