- Article from the UK on what the CDHB was when he visited in February:
I was interested to read this article by a top UK health specialist. He visited the CDHB before the Board and MOH started to pull apart what we had, and what he recognised was working so well. Remember how the Crown Monitor and Board members, then Labour MP’s, started to chant the mantra that the CDHB was undertaking operations for which they were not funded? Well that’s called intergrated health, and right now it’s being picked apart. Here’s how a man, who is a respected authority in the UK, saw things when he visited CDHB in February of this year:
Back in Canterbury, one District Health Board did all of that. Yes, they included different organisations, but all of them felt like they belonged to the health board. This was highlighted when I met the CEO of one small organisation in the health board, that helped people live with a learning disability. She impressed on me that when thinking of the services they provided, they would always think about what they could give back: to the health board, and to the community at large.
They were thinking Whānau. One big family. A whole community and health system, thinking about and looking out for, each other. Having a population health approach, where inequalities are reduced and everyone matters, is a mission we can all get behind. Let’s be inspired by our Whānau on the other side of the planet to make our response to the covid-19 pandemic and beyond work for everyone.
Here’s the article:
2. OIA games being played by the Ministry of Health:
It is concerning that the experience I have had as I have submitted Official Information Act enquiries from both the Ministry of Health ,and the Minister of Health’s office, is not uncommon. In the article below the journalists from a number of papers were trying to find some pretty basic information and were blocked, using the same tactics that I have experienced.
Here’s the latest email I received about an OIA I submitted:
From: Edie.Taylor@health.govt.nz <Edie.Taylor@health.govt.nz> On Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Tuesday, 3 November 2020 4:02 PM
Subject: Extension of time for responding to request, ref: H202007605
Kia ora Garry Moore
Thank you for your request for official information, received on 5 October 2020 requesting:
“1. All the correspondence between Dr Lester Levy and Michelle Arrowsmith regarding CDHB.
2. All the correspondence between Michelle Arrowsmith and Jess Howat regarding Health Report number 20201195.”
The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of time available to respond to your request under section 15A of the Official Information Act 1982 (the Act) as further as further consultation is required.
You can now expect a response to your request on, or before, 1 December 2020.
We’re monitoring you Ministry of Health and Canterbury District Health Board. Stop playing games. You are public servants. Accountable to us, the ones who pay your salaries.
Here’s the article about how hard it was to get basic information for the media as reported by Stuff: