Q+A: Minister of Health David Clark

On Q+A this morning Corin Dann will be interviewing Health Minister David Clark.

I hope there are things of substance to answer questions on. Some health issues have been deferred to committees, like the Mental Health Inquiry.

And while key spending decisions have probably been made they won’t be revealed until the budget in mid-May, unless Clark has been allowed to feed some information in advance (National used to pre-release a lot of budget information).

Clark will likely be asked about conflicting claims from Clark on the condition of Middlemore Hospital buildings, but is likely to be prepared with explanations, evasions or diversions.


The first segment was on general health delivery and funding. Apart from the announcement of new DHB board chairs replacing people moved on bt Clark it was all vague ‘wait-and-see’ as has become the norm for ministers pre-budget, with gentle indications that all promises may not be delivered on.

An a lot of parroted slogans.

Middlemore was glossed over.

The second segment is on mental health. When asked ‘when?’ he talks in generalities again. Wait for the inquiry to report back, again.

Asked if they can deliver on policies – “we will continue to roll out that policy” but more “that will be revealed in the budget”.

A lot of comments like “grappling with issues” and “seeking good advice” and “working through a process”.

Dunedin Hospital rebuild? An announcement is pending.  Perhaps it is imminent this time, but there has been quite a few deferred announcements on this. I’ve heard that something is indeed imminent, but until it goes public we will just have to remain sceptical.

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  1. Gezza

     /  April 29, 2018

    Thanks for the heads up. I was wondering whether to watch that on the Plus One channel. I’ll give it a miss. Clark fails to impress every time I see & listen the guy.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 29, 2018

      *to the guy

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    • Gezza

       /  April 29, 2018

      1ewes gave a few equal 2 second sound bytes to Clark & Woodhouse. Woodhouse said Labour was obviously unable to deliver on all their pre-election spending promises – like $10 cheaper doctor’s visits by 1 July, which Clark was shown back-pedalling from like crazy – & were simply manufacturing a crisis with Middlemore to try & cover this up.

      Woodhouse definitely came across as the more credible. I don’t think 1ewes likes Clark.

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      • Gezza

         /  April 29, 2018

        Actually I don’t think Parliament TV likes Clark either. Whenever I see him on PTV they always seem to make him look & sound like a smarmy git.

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  2. Fail to impress……. he wont even meet with me to discuss Medical Cannabis, as one of the big 2 health related promises, and the head of the only organisation devoted exclusively to MC, I am brassed off……

    His bill is weak and now if Labours select committee members support an upgrade of the bill it’s embarrassing for David.

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    • Gezza

       /  April 29, 2018

      It’s pretty obvious to me he’s clueless, I’m afraid, Shane.

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      • David

         /  April 29, 2018

        I think Clark is one of the top five talents in this government, he is to be fair a top performer for them.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  April 29, 2018

          @Shane – “His Bill is weak …”

          I love the masters of understatement on this blog …

          His Bill is so weak it barely constitutes a Bill … I heard someone addressing the HSC say terminally-ill patients can already obtain medicinal cannabis? It’s ‘Clayton’s’ Legislation.

          Very good point about the Select Committee though … You’ve identified one of the ‘invisible’ or hidden pressures acting behind the scenes in a Party dominated Parliamentary ‘democracy’?

          Who, if anyone, on the Health Select Committee even might want to upgrade the Amendment Bill, hence “embarrassing David”?

          I don’t see it from reading their biographies online … Do you know how each HSC member voted in either of the conscience votes … their own or Greens’ Amendment Bills first readings?

          National will be happy to support no upgrade IMHO as it means they’ve acted to strictly limit the encroachment of medicinal cannabis into the world of Blue Conservatism (BC).

          It’ll come down to whether the Labour women on the HSC are conservative, which three of them appear to be, or progressive – Chairperson Louisa Wall?

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          • seer

             /  April 30, 2018

            From memory:
            Dr Clark (Phd, religious studies) and Jacinda voted for Chloe Swarbrick’s cannabis bill.

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    • Zedd

       /  April 29, 2018

      tautoko Shane.. I sent him two questions on the issues a couple of months ago, not even an acknowledgement of receipt yet. Most other MPs I have emailed at least do that.. even if they do nothing else.. 😦

      I think there is another, Select Committee hearing tomorrow & the report is due in May ?
      a bit more ‘wait & see’ if any real change will occur ?!
      not holding my breath though……..

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      • Zedd

         /  April 29, 2018

        but having said that; it does sound like after 9 long years.. this govt. do have a lot of things to look at & address; many of the journos are talking as if, it should be resolved by now & resolution on track; 6 months in :/

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  April 29, 2018

          3 long years of cluelessness will suffice, Zedd. It’s at times like these we appreciate short Parliamentary terms.

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    • Zedd

       /  April 29, 2018

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1804/S00306/cannabis-patients-testify-at-parliament.htm

      submitters to select committee, descending on parliament

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  3. Trevors_elbow

     /  April 29, 2018

    Labour had 9 years to develop policy and consult widely. As bol keeps whine on about…

    Why is their policy platform not there? Why are the 4th Estate not asking that simple question?

    Were they just lazy in opposition? Would appear so….

    And now they are exposed on policy matters its all wait till our friends tell us what to do wrapped up as consultation.

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    • Blazer

       /  April 29, 2018

      do behave Trev,Coleman has been exposed as a…monumental flop in..health for the last..9 years.

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  April 29, 2018

        Behave? Rich coming from a serial abuser and liar like you.

        Dont like a critique of your boys and girls… well tell them to put adult clothes and act the part

        They’re an ominshambles about to fuck the country with bunch of over tax and spend policies, that money grows on trees muppets will love… but will make working class lives so much more difficult in the long run as money is sucked out of the productive economy and government spending grow in welfare crowds out investment and jobs start to dry up.

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        • Blazer

           /  April 29, 2018

          productivity has been stagnant for years.You have NFI….too much blue…koolaid.

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          • Trevors_elbow

             /  April 29, 2018

            FO Muppet since you choose, unsuprisely, to resort to a little abuse.. NFI kinda sums you….

            tell me how much has the state sector grown since 1991? any impact on per capita growth impact from that waste on excessive numbers of public servants adminstering the rma and its development stunting powers?

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        • PartisanZ

           /  April 29, 2018

          No need to worry about ” money being sucked out of the productive economy” …

          There’s been bugger all money in it for years!

          Anything that challenges an economy founded on Finance, Insurance, Immigration and Real Estate has got to be an improvement …

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          • Trevors_elbow

             /  April 29, 2018

            oh sigh… did they send you another Kelsey diatribe to stoke you green eyed jealous?

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  4. David

     /  April 29, 2018

    I am endlessly delighted at the uselessness of this coalition of the lazy and inept, just leave things as they are and dont meddle, launch inquiries and then ignore them, keep breaking commitments and as far as Dunedin Hospital goes do a PPP.

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  5. David

     /  April 29, 2018

    Clark announced Pat Snedden will lead Auckland DHB from June 1, Judy McGregor at Waitemata DHB from June 10 and Vui Mark Gosche at Counties-Manukau DHB from May 3.

    Glad I wont be having any health issues up there. Good lord.

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  6. adamsmith1922

     /  April 29, 2018

    Dismal interview, Clark obfuscated and misdirected

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  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  April 29, 2018

    Seems to be like Twyford. Too thick to know what he doesn’t know. Yes Minister without Sir Humphrey.

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