National Party accuses Minister of Health of holding back DHB debt figures
The Minister of Health has denied holding back information about District Health Boards’ growing debt woes and says he wasn’t aware the data was sitting in his office for six weeks.
National Party health spokesman Michael Woodhouse has accused Minister David Clark of delaying the release of financial data about struggling DHBs because it’s “bad news”.
A reply to written questions from Woodhouse shows a report on DHB’s financial performance to the end of April made it to Clark’s office on June 21.
But when Woodhouse asked for a breakdown of finances last week he received the reply: “I am unable to provide a response at this time and undertake to provide the Member
with a final response at a later date.”
“It seems to me he has information he has not released, even when he’s asked to,” Woodhouse said.
“Because it’s bad news and he wants to delay it as long as he can.”