Parliament

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

 

Damning judgment on Govt meddling

Tony Ryall MP
National Party Health Spokesman
9 December 2007

Damning judgment on Govt meddling

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says in a humiliating judgment for Labour, the High Court has ruled against the Government’s surprise attempt to force union membership on aged care workers.

“Former Health Minister Pete Hodgson tried to spring conditions on providers that have now been deemed ‘unlawful’. His finger prints are all over this debacle.

“The court decision has major implications for the way the Government and DHBs do business. It calls into question the de facto role the Government plays in wage negotiations.

“Ministers say they don’t get involved, but this ruling proves differently. The court says Mr Hodgson’s involvement‘wrecked the ship’. ”

Mr Ryall is commenting after a Judicial Review found an eleventh hour clause in the agreement between District Health Boards and Age-Care Providers was declared unlawful.

“Pete Hodgson tried to bully the sector. He offered them extra funding, but until the last minute didn’t tell them that it would be tied to a clause which the CTU was insisting on. By the time he let the cat out of the bag, officials were left scrambling to meet wage round deadlines.”

The judgment says of Mr Hodgson's involvement:
‘… DHB problems and delays were exacerbated by the Minister accelerating and effectively demanding inclusion of a collective agreements clause. In the end, that is probably what wrecked the ship…’ [199] RESERVED JUDGMENT OF McGECHAN J

‘I have considerable doubts whether DHB viewpoints that collective agreements were matters driven by the Minister, not the responsibility of DHBs, somehow magically altered over the period of a few days. I think it much more likely that DHB personnel learned of judicial review dangers involved in any apparent blind obedience to the Minister, and ceased talking so loudly in those terms. I rather doubt whether they ceased thinking in those terms.’ [159] RESERVED JUDGMENT OF McGECHAN J

‘Put shortly, DHBs were caught out by delays of their own making and by Ministerial intervention; responded by ignoring their own previous timetable; tabled clauses A4 and A5 late and with insufficient time left for Providers to respond in full fashion; then said “take it or leave it” on pain of serious financial consequences so as to fit with a self-imposed deadline. DHBs created a timing problem by their own delays, and then sought to transfer that problem on to the Providers.’ [200] RESERVED JUDGMENT OF McGECHAN J

Mr Ryall says the Ministerial meddling will cause continuing uncertainty and suspicion in an important healthcare sector.
“Aged care deserves better than this.”

Attached:RESERVED JUDGMENT OF McGECHAN J – 88 Pages
http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0712/HCPvsDHBs.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Government: Traffic Light Levels Announced


The levels at which different parts of New Zealand will move forward into the COVID-19 Protection Framework this Friday have been announced. Northland, Auckland, Taupō and Rotorua Lakes Districts, Kawerau, Whakatane, Ōpōtiki Districts, Gisborne District, Wairoa District, Rangitikei, Whanganui and Ruapehu Districts will move in at Red... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why An Attack On Iran Is Back On The Agenda


Reportedly, Christopher Luxon has the edge on Simon Bridges in National’s leadership contest although there is no firm evidence for that hunch. So, one hesitates about joining a media echo chamber that amplifies Luxon’s chances ahead of the 3pm caucus meeting today. You know how it goes: Luxon doesn’t quite have the numbers, so his people start talking to the media to make him seem like the smart bet. Or even perhaps: Luxon hasn't got the numbers, and his people start talking to the media to talk up his support so that he gets a nicer consolation prize... More>>




 
 

Government: Delivers Reactivation Package As Aucklanders Reconnect For Summer
A new support package will help revive economic, social and cultural activities in our largest city over summer, and ensure those in hardship also get relief. The Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni and the Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash... More>>



Government: Crown Accounts Reflect Strong Economy Amid Pandemic

The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect an economy that has performed better than expected, despite the latest Delta COVID-19 outbreak. The Crown accounts for the four months to the end of October factors in the improved starting position for the new financial year... More>>

ALSO:

National: Christopher Luxon Elected Party Leader
Christopher Luxon has been elected Leader of the New Zealand National Party, alongside Nicola Willis as Deputy Leader. “It is a tremendous privilege to lead our great party, and I thank my colleagues for the confidence they have placed in me,” Mr Luxon says... More>>

Waitangi National Trust: Waitangi Week
The Waitangi National Trust has decided there will be no in-person events at Waitangi Treaty Grounds during Waitangi Week 2022. Under the COVID-19 Protection Framework it would be practically impossible to safely proceed with the usual events of Waitangi commemorations... More>>


Freedom Camping: Making Sure People Are Up To Play With Changes
People interested in finding out how the proposed improvements to freedom camping might affect them are being invited to an information-sharing webinar... More>>

AUT: Aucklanders Are Less Concerned With Covid
In reaction to commentary that Aucklanders are at breaking point after more than 100 days in lockdown and that compliance with the rules is under threat, AUT Emeritus Professor of Sociology Charles Crothers says... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels