‘The whole thing’s a total mess’: Judith Collins slams Labour’s health system overhaul

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National leader Judith Collins. (Photo / NZ Herald)

‘The whole thing’s a total mess’: Judith Collins slams Labour’s health system overhaul

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Newstalk ZB ,
Publish Date
Thu, 22 Apr 2021, 4:50PM

Opposition leader Judith Collins is outraged at what she calls a new separatist health system that was presented by the government yesterday.

All 20 DHB's will be replaced by a Crown entity with four regional divisions, alongside a new Maori Health Authority.

Speaking to The Country's Jamie Mackay, Collins said that health issues stem from poverty, not race, and that a Māori Health Authority is not the answer to address issues in our health system.

“I think we are in very dangerous territory and National will reverse all of this. I will not put up with it because it is the sort of thing that drives wedges amongst people.”

Questioned about our relationship with China following Nanaia Mahuta's speech earlier this week, the National leader said we must be aware of our economic position and tread carefully.

“Until we have more markets that are prepared to pay the sort of money that China will pay to Fonterra, for instance, and Zespri, then we are in a difficult position.”

And despite a probe from Mackay, Collins downplayed any talk of a party leadership challenge, insisting that she was on the show to talk about “things that matter to New Zealanders.”

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