March 14, 2023
Consultant fees better directed to Māori says Reti
National’s health spokesperson is comparing the money spent on consultants working on the health reforms with the long-term benefits that would come if it went to treaty settlements,
Shane Reti says not one operation has been done for the money spent with the big four accountancy firms.
Instead, it’s gone to replace district health boards and to set up the Maori health authority Te Aka Whai Ora – which National has promised to scrap.
“If you look at the sum that’s been put aside potentially for the Ngapuhi settlement, which is between $100 million to $150 million, that’s exactly the same as the amount spent in one year alone on consultants so what else could that $150 million be spent on,” Dr Reti says.
He says the Government tried to hide the spending by taking it out of the Prime Minister’s budget, not vote Health.