Dear Sally and Derek
We have this afternoon been informed by a member of management at NZ Health Partnerships Ltd that they are the provider of indemnity insurance to Waikato DHB.
1/. Can you confirm that the “insurer” you mention in your letter to us of 1 February 2019 (the one you state has “instructed the DHB’s external counsel” to ask the Solicitor-General to reopen the Coronial Inquiry and to replace the Coroner) is in fact NZ Health Partnerships Ltd?
2/. Can you also confirm that the Waikato DHB is in fact a part-owner/controller of NZ Health Partnerships Ltd, which is defined as a “multi-parent Crown subsidiary under the Crown Entities Act 2004?
3/. Can you confirm that Waikato DHB was in essence being ‘instructed’ by an insurance company that it owned, in part, and had influence over?
4/. Can you confirm that among NZ Health Partnerships Ltd’s values there is a statement “We work in an open, honest and collaborative manner…”?
5/. Presuming the above to be correct, can you then confirm that a Crown entity, a publicly-owned body of which Waikato DHB is one of the larger controllers, made the decision to instruct Waikato DHB, without reference to its Board, to take the action mentioned above?
6/. Can you explain why the Waikato DHB has to date refused to state the name of the insurance company involved, when asked by the media; and has not replied to our own request for this name?
7/. Can you inform us at what level within the NZ Health Partnerships Ltd organisation decisions relating to the above matters were taken and, specifically, if the Waikato DHB representative on that company’s Board, Ms Pauline Lockett, Chair of Taranaki DHB, was involved in decisions on this matter?
8/. Can you advise if the Minister of Health, the Hon. David Clark, has been advised of the above matters?