For the love of God…
A security guard who tested positive last week was previously last tested in November last year – six months ago – even though he is meant to be tested every fortnight.
The information has emerged during the health select committee this morning, when MBIE chief executive Carolyn Tremain said the last test in their system was from November.
She said the security guard was a relief night-shift worker – who are still meant to be tested every fortnight – who worked regularly as opposed to casually.
Tremain is fronting the committee this morning with director general of health Ashley Bloomfield and head of MIQ Brigadier Jim Bliss.
She said there were inconsistencies across the whole recording system for border worker testing, and MBIE was working to make sure it was complying with the public health order requiring the frequent testing of border workers.
The guard may have been tested more recently than November – but if so, it wasn’t in the system.
Tremain said 89 per cent of 4000-odd MIQ workers had now received their first vaccine jab.
National Party Covid-19 response spokesman Chris Bishop asked: “How many workers have missed tests they should have had in the border workforce?”
Tremain said she didn’t know.
…when Chris Bishop is winning, you are in terrible trouble!
This latest cockup shows just how much good luck has been part of our success. Not taking anything away from Jacinda or her leadership, but this is the underfunded NZ public health system we are talking about here!
Did everyone just forget about the Measles epidemic they oversaw?
Measles outbreaks that put New Zealand children in intensive care before likely spreading to Samoa where children died could have been avoided if the Government heeded expert advice and closed immunity gaps fuelled by a racist health system.
…none of that has been fixed!
The Covid vaccination roll out will be just as wretched and until we start funding health properly it will remain so. In this case the lack of staff to do security work directly means a reliance on the private sector to do it and MBIE are next to useless.
If we aren’t going to tax the rich and the corporations properly to fund public services, you can’t be shocked when the public services fall over!
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