Under-fire National MP Hamish Walker has admitted to passing on the private details of Covid-19 patients to media, which were leaked to him by former party president Michelle Boag.
Boag and Walker revealed their involvement in the leak of patient information to media last week just one day after the Government launched an inquiry into the matter, both apologising for their actions.
Walker, already under pressure over accusations of racism, said he had passed on the information “from a source” in his statement, noting it had not been password-protected and lashing the Government for its availability.
This source was revealed minutes later to be Boag, a former National Party president who retains close links to the party, who said she received it in her role as the acting chief executive of the Auckland Rescue Helicopter trust.
What the fuck have they done?
Leaking personal information about Covid 19 patients to the media for what fucking purpose???
Walker’s justification is this…
“Private health information does not have basic safeguards in place and the Government needs to immediately change its protocols and store the information on a secure, safe network that at a minimum requires a password.”
The argument he is trying to use to defend his actions are bullshit!
He’s claiming he’s exposing a lack of privacy security BUT HE GOT THE INFO FROM BOAG AND SHE GOT IT PRIVILEGED FROM THE RESCUE HELICOPTER TRUST!!!!
This is just so outrageous!
What if we don’t take their shallow and pitiful explanation at face value, what if we decided to be cynical here and claim Boag & Walker did this in an attempt to frame the leak as evidence the Government is incompetent?
What if they were being malicious in their leaking of this?
Todd Muller has no choice but to sack Hamish Walker – attempting to release personal information about Covid patients to the media is more than an error of judgement- it’s spiteful fuckwittery that has no place in NZ!
These are sick people whose privacy and safety should be the paramount concern!
This isn’t dirty politics, it’s filthy politics!
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