Monday, August 29, 2022

Mike Hosking: When will this Govt actually accept accountability?

Accountability is one of the most important attributes of leadership.

If you have a mandate to make decisions, then they must be defended and the decision maker must be held to account.

This Government doesn’t want to be held to account.

The Aged Care Association wrote to the Health Minister. Their warning was that the industry was on the verge of collapse.

The job gaps are so great it’s now dangerous.

We have seen a facility in the Upper Hutt with a state of the art dementia unit that simply closed in recent weeks.

Andrew Little ignores it all.

30,000 people are currently on the waiting list for surgery. That's not the base waiting list, that’s the waiting list of people who missed the four month target.

Andrew Little ignores it all.

With regards to aged care a bloke called Chris Fletcher, who's a former DHB head, wrote to Little about the crisis. Little who tends to get angry when confronted said last week when it was suggested to him he had ignored the letter, he said "a letter from an advocate is not evidence of anything, its evidence of a letter being sent".

That will help things a lot won't it.

If Andrew stopped being angry long enough to offer some sort of defence I assume he would spruik his new centralised health behemoth, which appears to this point to have achieved less than nothing but cost a fortune to get to that point.

The one announcement they have made is to get everyone on a waiting list, onto another list to get a date for your procedure. Doesn’t mean you'll get the procedure, just a date.

And that’s Little and that’s this Government isn't it, paper shuffling and announcements.

The fact you have a date is an answer, even if it means you might die waiting for the date to arrive.

Meanwhile an entire aged care industry is collapsing in front of our eyes with the main problem being labour, as in workers and no sign of them. Just another of those famous brush-off-the-problem one liners - but don't worry, the border is open.

All of this is a direct outworking of the Covid response, the lockdowns and the hermit kingdom and this is the health part of the price we are paying.

Ah yes, the Covid response. Another thing they won't be held to account on.

Mike Hosking is a New Zealand television and radio broadcaster. He currently hosts The Mike Hosking Breakfast show on NewstalkZB on weekday mornings.

1 comment:

Ray S said...

Mike, if you hold your breath waiting for the current government to accept responsibility for anything at all, you will be in deep, deep trouble.