Middlemore hospital sewerage problems were politicised shit fight

Claims that sewerage had leaked into the walls of buildings at Middlemore Hospital and were an alarming health risk created headlines, but afterwards questions were more quietly asked. It has now been claimed that the sewerage scares were not correct.

It turns out to be much ado about not much, with no sewerage at all in walls – according to the latest claims.

So where did the alarming claims from? Was this deliberate shitty politics?

NZH: Middlemore Hospital sewage leak a ‘stain on the ground’

A multitude of building issues at Middlemore Hospital and the extent of them have been revealed recently: Rot and toxic mould caused by leaking, asbestos, seismic and power supply issues – and sewage leaks.

Manukau District Health Board said reports about the extent of the two sewage leaks in the Scott Building last year were not correct, and they were not ongoing issues.

“We can confirm that despite the dramatic language that has been used around sewage issues at Middlemore Hospital, the sewage leaks were small.”

One was so small it was cleaned up with water.

“There was no sewage spilling into the building, just some staining on the ground within the soil stack duct. To clean it up, engineering had to mix water on it, so the quantity was less than a bucket,” the DHB said in a statement.

Health Minister David Clark told the Herald he had been repeatedly reassured by the DHB that there was no risk to patients from the leaks.

“They have a plan in place to manage the challenging set of infrastructure they have and that is their responsibility to manage that.”

So things are not as bad as was made out – but politicians jumped in to use the reported leaks as an example of huge problems  caused by the last government’s lack of funding.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said the situation at Middlemore is emblematic of a much wider problem in health, and Clark said the DHB’s issues were not much different to those faced by health boards around the country.

The Middlemore saga may already have cost acting board chairman Rabin Rabindran and another board member their jobs. Clark has asked them to make submissions on their positions but Rabindran has reportedly already told the minister he no longer wants it.

A casualty of the political bickering.

Clark now says he doesn’t want to “quibble” about the past but instead wants to focus on the job in front of him.

A sensible approach – but it would have been better to have taken this approach before turning the sewerage leak into a political shit fight.

One could cynically wonder whether budget health funding has now been secured.

NZH has a different headline online: The real story behind sewage ‘leak’ at Middlemore Hospital

Good on them, but this is weeks after the story broke  – shouldn’t media determine what the real story is before rushing to headlines?

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51 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 23, 2018

    Broken drainpipe => national emergency. Welcome to the brave new world of Lefty scaremongering.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 23, 2018

      Drivel.
      Up your game please.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 23, 2018

        Here’s another napkin. Please wipe your chin.

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        • Gezza

           /  April 23, 2018




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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 23, 2018

            Pic of your nurse? Give her our sympathy.

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            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              Pathetic. Fail.
              A four year old could do a smarter rejoinder. (No offence.)
              I win again. You know it, Wilkinson. 😎

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 23, 2018

              11:1 in my favour at the moment. Sending you a big pack of tissues to cry into.

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              Thanks. I accept your surrender.
              Don’t send them by bloody Fastway they take two bloody weeks.

      • David

         /  April 23, 2018

        If anyone needs to up their game its Clark if that is the best he can come up with, 9 long years of neglect cleared up with a bucket and a mop.

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  2. David

     /  April 23, 2018

    Labour clearly have a strategy to roll out more of these stories but if I was a journalist/opinion writer I would be rightly ticked off at being manipulated and want to hit back hard. Certainly wont get fooled again.
    Clark and Twyford are quite similar in hyperbole and over egging everything, Clark has got a hell of a time coming up and hasnt shown he has any ability to be on top of his portfolio or achieve anything yet. Nurses pay which will lead on to other parts of the health system.

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    • Blazer

       /  April 23, 2018

      Labour do not have a hospitals inspection team….try…again.

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      • David

         /  April 23, 2018

        Perhaps they could launch an expensive inquiry/working group to see if they need one, should put it in the caucus suggestion box and see if it wins this weeks draw.

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        • Blazer

           /  April 23, 2018

          the DHB’s have been run like an unaccountable gravy train by the Nats for the last 9 …years.Coleman was a…flop.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 23, 2018

            The person who began the story should be ticked off rather than the people who believed it, having no reason not to. If any ticking off is done, it should be the irresponsible idiot who made us all think that this was a real story.

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  3. lurcher1948

     /  April 23, 2018

    So what PG is trying to say(it wasn’t a load of shit)after all,

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  4. We are not holding our breath waiting for the apology.
    Doesn’t he realise that such flagrant lies do nothing for his status especially if there is a real emergency?
    Health will take very cent of the budget if they could…

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  5. david in aus

     /  April 23, 2018

    I think any future claims from this government should go through the “sewage-stain” detector by the media. If you swallow it, you spew it.

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    • Blazer

       /  April 23, 2018

      the last Govt still has an unwashable stench…after dedicated black ops 2 doors down from the P.M’s office,and…dirty politics.

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      • david in aus

         /  April 23, 2018

        I said, “if you swallow it, you spew it”. Now wash your mouth.

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      • David

         /  April 23, 2018

        Well how does this one differ then Blazer ? Ficticious story leaked to a friendly journalist to deliver the made up spin to denigrate your opponent..looks l and smells like dirty politics.

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  6. PDB

     /  April 23, 2018

    As I mentioned at the time the false story began in a similar fashion to other planted stories by the same political party – friendly RNZ reporter lays the groundwork by bringing up the non-issue, MSM jump on the story thinking there is something in it.

    Question is will Hager now write a book about actual media collusion with a political party or is he incapable of doing so because stolen emails are not available as of this time and/or it doesn’t suit his narrative?

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    • Blazer

       /  April 23, 2018

      fantastic…conspiracy theory,with no substance.

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    • phantom snowflake

       /  April 23, 2018

      Your absolute obsession with, and bitterness about Cameron Slater’s “stolen emails” are suggestive of a personal involvement. Did you get a mention in “Dirty Politics”??

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      • PDB

         /  April 23, 2018

        You seem to have an obsession with me Snowflake? I’m no friend of Slater (as is clear to anybody here who knows me on here or who has seen my posts on him) though that doesn’t mean I can’t see that writing a book based on ‘selective’ stolen emails that obviously lacked context – especially a finished book that lacked any resemblance of a smoking gun and simply appeared to be a ploy to swing an election result in favour of the author’s political beliefs is not alright.

        I don’t believe just because it was Cam Slater’s emails that were stolen we should all say ‘that’s all good’ by us or ‘he deserved it’. There is an expectation that privacy laws apply equally for everybody in this country regardless of who they are. One only has to wonder what outrage there would have been if a MSM journalist or left-wing activist faced exactly the same situation.

        Back to the topic at hand – we clearly have here a false story (at best a very exaggerated story) that has obviously been placed by the current govt through a compliant MSM in order to smear the previous govt and cover-up the lack of money the current govt have to deal with ongoing costs within the private sector. The very same lack of money Joyce highlighted during the election campaign & was mocked for doing so. PG raises a great point: “shouldn’t media determine what the real story is before rushing to headlines?”

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        • Blazer

           /  April 23, 2018

          ‘that has obviously been placed by the current govt through a compliant MSM in order to smear the previous govt’… you do not understand what ..’obviously’ means….that’s quite…obvious.

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          • PDB

             /  April 23, 2018

            If you keep running around with your fingers in your ears shouting ‘nah, nah, nah!’ Blazer then nothing will be ‘obvious’ to you.

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  April 23, 2018

          It must hurt like hell that Nicky Hager has been appointed to the Intelligence and Security Reference Group. My condolences! I imagine poor Cameron will be struggling too.

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        • My tske is that PDB has no time for Slater.

          Like me, I figure he doesn’t favour the steal, hack, curate, write a biased book approach to journalism/authorship.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 23, 2018

            I read that as curate – as in clergyman.

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            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              So did I initially, then I remembered what a curator does. So I carried on reading to see how it ended. 😎

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 23, 2018

              Ditto. I thought that it was a typo, but of what ???

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 23, 2018

              Curate is not a verb, though, a curator doesn’t curat/e any more than a doctor docts or a spectator spectat/e/s..

            • Gezza

               /  April 23, 2018

              1. Yes it is.
              2. Yes they do.
              – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
              curate
              verb: curate; 3rd person present: curates; past tense: curated; past participle: curated; gerund or present participle: curating

              – select, organize, and look after the items in (a collection or exhibition).
              “both exhibitions are curated by the Centre’s director”

              – select the performers or performances that will feature in (an arts event or programme).
              “in past years the festival has been curated by the likes of David Bowie”

              – select, organize, and present (online content, merchandise, information, etc.), typically using professional or expert knowledge.
              “people not only want to connect when using a network but they also enjoy getting credit for sharing or curating information.”
              – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
              Trav’s not just another pretty face, Kitty.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 24, 2018

              The Latin word upon which it is based is a noun. Curate is a neologism, based upon a misunderstanding of the meaning of curator. I don’t know when it came in, but it is a distortion of the etymological derivation of curator which does not have a verb except this invented one made up by someone who didn’t know its origin.

            • Gezza

               /  April 24, 2018

              Righto. That’s the great thing about the English language. It’s never static, keeps growing. Wonder how many new words and uses for them there have been over the centuries since Shakers The Rude wrote his playes?
              The point is trav’s right. So that’s it.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 24, 2018

              Not unless the Oxford English Dictionary’s wrong.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  April 23, 2018

      And there are BoL and Phantom as expected diverting by looking backwards when confronted with a nice case study in Dirty Politics run by party/parties of the Left…

      Classic… keep poking at them PDB… they reveal what shills they are everytime they do it…

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      • phantom snowflake

         /  April 23, 2018

        “Hilarious!” as PDB would say. Apart from voting for the Maori Party last time, I’m a long term non-voter who supports precisely none of NZ’s existing political parties.

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        • PDB

           /  April 23, 2018

          You do have a clear bias though in that you attack one side of the political spectrum whilst turning a blind eye to the very same activity (or worse) being committed by the other side.

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  April 23, 2018

            What? Where have I claimed to be, or why should I have to be, “unbiased.” I’m really tired of your ongoing attempts to set rules for my comments. You’ve insisted that I have to attack Robert Guyton because HYPOCRISY! Robert is the most criticised commenter on this blog (I’m not complaining about that) and my criticism would be completely unneeded. You righties have got it covered! Your variants of Tu Quoque/Appeal to Hypocrisy are overused and boring. We all suffer from hypocrisy. So what?! Get over it!

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            • Trevors_Elbow

               /  April 23, 2018

              [Deleted – too much personal targeting. PG]

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 23, 2018

              Damn! Too slow; missed it.

        • Trevors_Elbow

           /  April 23, 2018

          Well bully for you Snow……

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  7. PDB

     /  April 23, 2018

    I ‘insisted’ none of the sort. A question is not a demand, nor is seeking clarification of your comments/debating what you post setting ‘rules’ for those comments. Your paranoia is worsening by the day.

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