David Clark’s resignation from health portfolio

So David Clark resigned as Minister of Health today after the Prime Minister accepted his resignation this time (Jacinda Ardern declined his offer to resign in April, and said last week he would remain in the job until the election).

A lot has been said about all this, but this is what Clark has said about it:

This morning I have formally tendered my resignation as Minister of Health, which was accepted by the Prime Minister.

Serving as Minister of Health has been an absolute privilege – particularly through these extraordinary last few months.

It’s no secret that Health is a challenging portfolio. I have given it my all.

But it has become increasingly clear to me that my continuation in the role is detracting from the Government’s overall response to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.

You will recall that I offered my resignation during the Level Four lockdown in response to mistakes I made in a personal capacity.

The Prime Minister made it clear at the time – that under normal circumstances – she would have accepted that resignation, but she did not want significant disruption to the health system in the middle of the emergency response.

I’ve always taken the view that the interests of the team must come first, and New Zealand’s COVID response is simply too important, so I have made the call that it is best for me to stand aside.

We have now shifted to a more stable footing with no evidence of community transmission with the focus shifting to containing the virus at the border, it is appropriate for me to move on.

I could not be more impressed with how New Zealanders and our health system responded to COVID-19.
The response from health workers at the frontline has been astonishing, and I want to take this opportunity to thank all the medical, nursing and allied health staff who put themselves on the line to keep us all safe.

Alongside the sacrifices made by ordinary New Zealanders, your combined efforts have put us in a position that is the envy of the world.

The results do speak for themselves.

In global terms our low hospitalisation and mortality rate is a testament to the strength of our health system and its workers.

Despite more than 80,000 tests in the past two weeks, the only cases we are identifying are at our borders.

That is how the system is supposed to work.

Because it has worked, we are now on a more stable footing. New Zealand’s health system continues to build capacity to keep the virus at bay.

Now is the right time to hand over the reins, and move forward with new leadership.

It has been a privilege to serve in this role and lead the work to rebuild our public health system.

We have made record investments in funding for DHBs, record investments in capital spending to rebuild our run-down hospitals and health facilities.

We’ve made doctors’ visits cheaper for more than half a million Kiwis and free up to the age of 14.
We’ve made historic investments into our mental health services, including sorting out pay for mental health support workers.
We have hired more than 2000 more nurses – and increased their pay.
We’ve established the Cancer Control Agency, Te Aho o te Kahu – quite aside from the day to day challenges in managing the system, these are significant achievements.
It has been a busy but rewarding three years and I leave the role proud of all that we have achieved in that time.
But it has not always been plain sailing and I wish to put on record again that I take full responsibility for the decisions made and taken during my time as Minister of Health.
Although ministers are generally advised against being publicly effusive about public servants, I want to again put on the record that it has been an honour to work alongside an exceptional Director-General in Dr Ashley Bloomfield.
Thank you Ashley and your team for the extraordinary work you have done for our country during our most serious health crisis in over a century.
The time is now right to hand over to another Minister to drive forward the changes proposed in the Health and Disability System Review ably led by Heather Simpson.
It is my sincere hope that a re-elected Labour-led Government will drive forward that agenda and that we continue to build a health service that is available and accessible to all New Zealanders, no matter who they are, where they are, or how deep their pocket.
With this decision comes the freedom to spend more time serving as a constituent MP.

I remain committed to the Labour Party, and to my electorate. So come the General Election on September 19 I will again be asking the people of Dunedin for their continued support to serve them as their local MP.

I think I’ll just lave it at that.

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27 Comments

  1. John J Harrison

     /  2nd July 2020

    Shows how weak Jacinda is.
    If she had the necessary back- bone she would have fired him months ago.

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    • Ray

       /  2nd July 2020

      This is bad news for National, a weeping sore that could be picked at till election time…gone.
      But on the other hand we still have Twyford and the other lacklustre time servers in the Cabinet.
      For instance Miss Fixit Dr Megan Woods, apart from shutting down discussion with her breathless babble, what has she fixed, Christchurch is still a wreckers yard, Kiwibuild, nothing happening, and so in it goes.

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd July 2020

        Muller & his team aren’t impressing either. Jesus, I’m dreading this election.

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        • Megan Woods is like the annoying bossy, smug kid at school whom no one liked and who could disperse a group by just approaching it (Look out, girls, Megan’s coming) .I have a short story by Ethel Turner (written at the end of the c.19) about a young girl who’s just like her and can’t understand why everyone likes her younger sister and no one likes her. That type is immortal.

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          • If the PM imagines that we are the envy of the world, especially after the revelations about the quarantine stuff-ups, she is deluding herself. Doesn’t she read the overseas papers ?

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  2. Gezza

     /  2nd July 2020

    Puts an impossible load on Hipkins, looking at this article:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/122014446/education-minister-chris-hipkins-shunted-into-health-job-as-david-clark-resigns

    Screams volumes about the serious & concerning lack of experience & ability of Ardern’s team.

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    • She still has some fawning fans, alas.

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      • duperez

         /  2nd July 2020

        One of the sad things for some is that there are more fawning fans than there are those with antipathy and resentment.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  2nd July 2020

          Many, many, many more …

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        • Corky

           /  2nd July 2020

          Hindsight will prove whether these fawners were right or wrong. I personally think Jacinda she is a waste of space…but Muller is just as woke, so, what was an election I was looking forward to, is now a rather a mediocre event on the horizon.

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          • Gezza

             /  2nd July 2020

            I don’t think Ardern is a waste of space. I think if she had a top team she’d be unbeatable. But she doesn’t.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  2nd July 2020

            The rule of the National *Broad-Church* Farm-and-Fortocracy is over in this Land, forever. Pope Todd-ler 1 will never assume the Pee EMship his parishioners obsessively-compulsively crave.

            To paraphrase Sylvia Plath, “To want ya Fascism like a ‘Hit’!”

            I predict that as a result of ‘Twin Karens’, “Accept All Boarders!” and other forthcoming revelations – schemedia feeding frenzy – the National Party Opposition will resign en mass on 6th of August 2020 – henceforth Blue Hiroshima Day!!! – National’s BIG BANG!!! – and agree not to contest Election2020 and to disband as a Corporate Quasi-Religio-Political Entity forthwith.

            Labour will form a 120 Seat Coalition Government (or near-120 Seat) in time to assume the mammoth task and responsibility of re-inventing Egonomics as Ethiconomics, and re-Constitutionalizing ‘Democracy’ as Epidemocracy – something “above” the parademocracy* we have now.

            Ψ PartisaNZ Ψ

            *para-anything is the “semblance” of the thing that its name implies. Use: “Ronald Reagan was a paraPOTUS, the mere semblance of a President.”

            “This democracy is the mere semblance of democracy”

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      • Gezza

         /  2nd July 2020

        Ardern looked very crestfallen, & uncomfortable in the background of the 2 second clip shown of Chris Hipkins saying he was up for the challenge on 1News at 6.

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        • Gezza

           /  2nd July 2020

          I don’t think there was a single “person in the street” interview shown who didn’t think Clark should go.

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          • PartisanZ

             /  2nd July 2020

            I love the way we swallow those “interview in the street” so-called “findings”, eh?

            As if 5 or 6 street-randoms are somehow representative of the entire population!

            It’s no wonder the peasant-populace is skeptical as Hell about poll-stirs?

            … and as if “the people” don’t know about editing, selective confirmation-bias and possibly even “appearance fees” … (Damn!!! The popularity of highly-scripted, fake-as-fu*k “RealityTV” rather undermines my argument here!)

            Regardless, Clueless Fu*kwittery is neither correlation OR causation … it’s just fu*ken CLUE-LESS!

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            • Gezza

               /  2nd July 2020

              Well, you might, but I don’t. I reckon they’re useless & mostly show noddies.

            • Gezza

               /  2nd July 2020

              One bearded young chap said he should resign because of the terrible way he treated “that other guy”.

            • artcroft

               /  2nd July 2020

              TBH I thought exactly the same thing.

    • Blazer

       /  2nd July 2020

      Heard Lisa Owen trying her best kung fu moves on Hipkins on RNZ tonight……he handled her with aplomb.

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  3. PartisanZ

     /  2nd July 2020

    🕵🏻‍♂️Excellent strategic move by Labour, who I reckon could out-strategize any other party in the field at present by a couple of Winston Peters’ racing-miles … or $72 million … whichever comes NZFaust .🧛🏻‍♂️…

    Aside from the f-ACT that it’s Clark’s ‘Third Strike’ since CLovid-19 arrived, which made his resignation absolutely essential and perfectly inevitable, you can’t really have a Health Minister Outside Cabinet during a World-wide Pandemic. So it makes common-peasant-sense as well as political-Machiavellian-sense.

    Perfect timing too. Not in the heat of a Clark-induced schemedia* crisis, although these aided a full-fledged nutbar feeding-frenzy in Medusia, which could easily “turn” on National, eg ‘Twin Karens’ and “Accept – Welcome – DO NOT Repel – All Boarders” …

    These would be costly prosperity-building exercixes in terms of human life and inter-generational trauma, the kind of thing that happened to EVERY generation in the first half-to-two-thirds of the 20th Century – War-Plague-Boom-Bust-War-Boom-Bust-War … PLAGUE!

    How costly? Well, using New York City’s “crude mortality rate” of 0.28%, that’s 14,000 of their fellow ‘Kiwis’, indiscriminate of National, *Broad-Church* or ‘Legion of Frontiersmen’ membership DEAD! Using Dunbar’s Number – the average person consciously maintains 150 relationships – their ‘Sphere of Influence’ – that’s 2.1 million Aotearoa New Zealanders directly or indirectly ‘touched’ by each cadaver, many of the survivors traumatized for life … which I suspect might be the whole idea somehow?

    A traumatized, fearful population is a compliant population in Proto-Fascist Land. This is not the case in ‘GOOD’ countries – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X7fZoDs9KU

    Thanks for not “laving” Clark’s words Pete. They are, of course, exactly what needed to be said.

    PS – I don’t like the guy. I was even prepared to think he might be a NACTZI ‘plant’ inside Labour. (The actual or “real” Globalizated* Corporate-Political Elites’ conspiracy being, of course, “The Long OCCUPATION of Institutions” by Blue Ducks, Bluellow Parakeets and Bluack Klan(e)s. I don’t like his qualifications – Presbyterian Minister – despite the honorable History and Tradition of Christian Socialism in the Labour movement.

    For me, it doesn’t ring true with him. And I definitely don’t like the look of the place where he studied ‘Theology’, aka “Church doctrines inimical to Life”, which are, IMHO, an alien-mutant Thugolecherical distortion of Natural Ethics. (Natural Ethics is the anti-dote, as Natural things are for so many ailments! E.g Cannabis.)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_T%C3%BCbingen

    Not recommended by Friedrich Nietzsche!

    “One need merely say ‘Tübingen Seminary’ to understand what German philosophy is at bottom: an insidious theology. The Swabians are the best liars in Germany: they lie innocently.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, 1888

    Not sure what to make of a negative critique by Nietzsche …?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friedrich_Nietzsche – Oh! Yes I do! Another one ‘Good’n’Done’ by the Dominant-Culture Narrative!?

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    Ψ PartisaNZ Ψ – “If criminals gain possession of the State, it continues to function because mediocrity and corruption in office, fear, apathy, comfort, convenience and conditioning in everyone, cannot summon the ethical courage to withhold OUR collaboration” – Frank E Warner ‘Future of Man’ (London 1944)

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    • John J Harrison

       /  2nd July 2020

      I’ve just wasted 5 minutes of my life trying to understand this bizarre rant.
      Gave up.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  2nd July 2020

        That was the idea! One used frequently by NATbotz and ACTrolls …

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      • PartisanZ

         /  3rd July 2020

        Nah, don’t give up. You too were born an ethical being. Hey, at least you tried …

        Actually, what you’ll find over the next few months and years, as ComradeCovid-19 changes the course of History*, is that Ethics will “get through” by osmosis and sublimelly (a relative of Marvelly) as it touches and re-awakens the long-forgotten, utterly neglected and totally barbarized Natural Ethics in your DNA and your irrational unconscious.

        Egonomics shall become Ethiconomics, as it must to save the Planet, Doughnut-like (see Kate Raworth) … and Corporate FIIRE-SALE ‘Democracy’ shall become Epidemocracy – “above” democracy and protected, like our Epidermis protects “the outward or bound circumference of our soul” – William Blake.

        Watch for milestones like … the re-Constitutionalization of Governance … *STRICTLY LIMITED* World Government or Federation of States, of some ‘meaningful’ kind – ie with ‘teeth’ – to protect what ‘sovereignty’ we have left – that which is ethical – from the constant and relentless encroachment of Free Trade Agreements.

        The Restoration of the Commons.

        The Trans-Reformation. Pantheism at last! Or better still, Universal Freetheism?

        Most of all … watch for WW3 to get avoided, aka Peace. (Sorry about that! There’s plenty of other ways for your children to die nowadays though. NotFood? Noducation? “Treatment Only” and killer Pharmaceuticals … The Live-Long NotLife …

        Ψ PartisaNZ Ψ

        “It’s written in the Stars, and every line in your poems …. We’re fools to make war on our Brothers-in-Arms” – Mark Knopfler – best haunted by Joan Baez –

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