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Hodgson: Ryall Pursues Partisan Agenda

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Pete Hodgson
Pete Hodgson

29 January 2009 - If Health Minister Tony Ryall sacks the chair of the Otago District Health Board Richard Thomson he would effectively be making the public health system a political tool for himself, says Dunedin North MP Pete Hodgson.

"Sacking the guy who helped catch the crook is nonsensical; therefore the conclusion must be that Mr Ryall wishes to install his own person to the job. Most people in Otago will immediately see that Mr Ryall is using the fraud case as a pretext.

"Mr Thomson's public standing was tested in the October 2007 DHB elections when I was Minister of Health. At that time all of the key facts of the fraud case were already well in the public arena. Mr Thomson informed me that he would not accept a Ministerial appointment as Chair unless he was first elected by the public.

"In the event the public spoke loudly, all six board members seeking re-election were successful, and Mr Thomson was amongst the top polling candidates.

"Mr Ryall seems poised to act in defiance of that democratic outcome. Should he do so he would stand accused of using raw politics to pursue a partisan agenda."

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