Media watch – Friday

15 June 2018


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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  June 15, 2018

    David Clark keeping up the bully-boy Government attitude – shut up and say nothing, unless you want to blame the last Government…

    “Newshub has obtained a voicemail and emails which suggest the Health Minister tried to gag senior staff talking publicly about the state of embattled Middlemore Hospital.

    In one case he even appeared to promise a board member, who he’d sacked, another job if they shut up.

    National MP Jami-Lee Ross says Mr Clark was “dangling [a job] to gag [Rabindran] and silence him”.

    Mr Clark told Newshub he “absolutely rejects” this claim.

    A trail of emails obtained by Newshub show DHB acting CEO Gloria Johnson wanted to release information to get their side of the story across because their reputations were being damaged.

    A board member emailed Dr Johnson, concerned that the Minister’s office was pressuring the DHB about what they could and couldn’t say.

    “If the minister is accusing us of covering something up we need to address that quickly and directly,” the email read.

    “They are saying they need more time and want us [especially] me to ‘suck it up’.”

    • Gezza

       /  June 15, 2018

      Wrong link.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 15, 2018

        It may have been wrong, or it may have been a clever metaphor about how this government is melting down and sinking fast.
        Personally I’d go with your first assumption.

  2. NOEL

     /  June 15, 2018