Requesting confirmation that NZ Health Partnerships Ltd is the ‘Insurer’ driving the decision by Waikato DHB to request the reopening of the Nicky Stevens Coronial Inquiry and the replacement of the Coroner

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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?

 

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  1. “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?”

    Those two statements/questions, if proven in the affirmative, would be grounds for a full Inquiry.

    If this isn’t a mis-use of bureaucratic power, I don’t know what is. This is apalling!!

    • Mjolnir I know what this is – if true – it is conflict of interest and corruption.

      I am rarely angry, but this is totally shocking – as is having to ponder whether wimp David Clark MP will show any outrage, or whether he has to be nice and kind per his party’s pious verbal manifestos.

      Labour’s ‘niceness and kindness – self-serving flummery.

      Peter’s “Choina” Parliamentary retort to Simon Bridges was a cheap shot and inappropriate, as was the PM’s laughing about it. At least Bill English kept his head well down when Key hooned around like a guttersnipe in Parliament.

      The Nat’s barbecue sausage ad has served as a brilliant cat-on-the table tactic this week absorbing so much time from the righteously indignant, while meanwhile, families like Nicky Steven’s family are living real lives of quiet pain and suffering inflicted on them by grubby others.

  2. “They’ll never find out! The general public are too stupid and lazy to bother doing anything other than scratching the surface on something like this! And anyway, it’s only one mental health patient. God knows the country’s crawling with them. We’ll be fine, mate. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more.”

    This is the level of abject bastardry we’re dealing with on an almost daily basis in this country now. Fucking suit-wearing cockroaches.

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