April 20, 2022
Reti says veto cave in bad for Māori
National’s health spokesperson Shane Reti says the Government is setting Māori up to fail with its rewrite of the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill.
He says the Bill a reported back from select committee last week drops the idea of iwi partnership boards and includes no system for measuring outcomes.
It also scraps the idea of giving the new Māori Health Authority a veto over general health care decisions.
“We’ve never been in support of the veto but this Government defended it, Andrew Little defended, it, the Prime Minister defended it as being ‘vital’ for inequities and yet at the soonest expedience when the polls weren’t going in their favour they’ve thrown Māori under the bus and the veto is gone,” Dr Reti says.
He says.the Government tried to bury its changes by reporting back the Bill as Parliament headed into a two-week recess.
By Peter Verschaffelt