Today in Politics: Friday, April 11
Is there a Dr Other in the house?
Is Capital & Coast DHB desperately seeking Dr Other? Labour health spokeswoman Annette King is questioning if it is too cash-strapped to find the name of doctors providing services after a letter advised a patient of a referral from ‘‘Doctor Hcp Other’’ requesting an appointment. It said based on the information from ‘‘Doctor Other’’ the consultant had decided the patient’s condition could be managed by her family doctor. It was unsigned.
17,000 have view on plain packaging
More than 17,000 submissions have been made on legislation to impose plain packaging on cigarettes, although the vast majority are said to be duplicates arranged by the tobacco companies. Parliament’s health committee chairman Dr Paul Hutchison said other submissions were also ‘‘graphic and colourful’’ from children. The committee is expected to start hearing on April 16 from the more than 100 submitters who wish to make oral presentations.
Botulism comments show glass half-full
Trade & Enterprise chairman and former Fonterra boss Andrew Ferrier raised hackles with comments at a select commitdhtee that Fonterra’s botulism false alarm last year was ‘‘a net benefit’’ because it
showed how good our security systems were. ‘‘The negatives were vastly outdhweighed by the positives.’’ Labour’s Damien O’Connor said Ferrier should consider the advice he was giving if he thought ‘‘botulism and New Zealand linked in any way is a positive’’.
Aussies envious of China trade ties
The Australian Government seems to be casting an envious eye at New Zealand’s free-trade deal with China. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s parliamentary secretary Josh Frydenberg said New Zealand had more than doubled exports to China since signing a free trade agreement six years ago. That included a six-fold increase in dairy exports. ‘‘We want to replicate that sort of growth in two-way trade and we can do that through an FTA,’’ Frydenberg told Sky News.