One of the problems we have is a State whose incompetence due to lack of capacity is now becoming the main problem.
It is my contention that the neoliberal revolution of the 1980s forever mangled and mutated the service culture state agencies provide, and rigid internal ideologies have done the rest.
We have toxic cultures inside WINZ, MSD and State Housing, counter productive outcomes in Corrections and racist bias in our Police and Justice system.
There is also a lack of capacity because of underfunding which leads to naked incompetence.
Take the DHB mescals fiasco and NZTA failure to build light rail.
Children of Asian descent have reportedly been denied a measles vaccination because they were not Māori or Pasifika.
National list MP Melissa Lee told Parliament during question time that she had been contacted by a Mt Albert resident, a friend of the family, who said their 5 and 8-year-olds were turned away by a doctor on Monday.
Lee said the children’s mother had offered to pay for the vaccinations but told her the doctor declined to provide them because Māori and Pasifika children were the priority.
Many clinics have been forced to ration vaccinations in the past few weeks as the number of confirmed cases continues to rise daily and stocks ran low. While DHBs agree children under 4 are a priority there seems to be different positions when it comes to ethnicity .
Put aside all the societal poverty and quack science that has led to the measles epidemic, and just acknowledge that at the height of this mass epidemic, the DHBs still don’t have enough bloody vaccinations!
Compare with the farce at NZTA who have had to dump plans to fund light rail to build more bloody roads!
Climate Change Minister James Shaw says it’s “very annoying” money allocated for Auckland’s light rail project will probably end up being spent on roads.
“It should have moved faster than it was, and I think that the frustrations that our Transport Ministers have had with, you know, agencies and other factors in getting that over the line sooner is pretty evident,” Green Party co-leader Shaw told Newshub Nation on Saturday.
JUST BUILD THE BLOODY THING!
This Government didn’t appreciate how broken the public service actually is and with no reform platform to rebuild it, we’ve been left with agencies and departments who are next to useless.
We desperately need a better resourced public service whose focus is on its end service provision to the citizen, not rigid internal ideology or bureaucratic trip wires.