Just what is contained within the "leaked" draft report into alleged conflicts of interest at the Hawke's Bay DHB? And why are both the government (by way of the Director-General of Health) and Peter Hausmann so keen that the draft report never see the light of day, only the amended "sanitised" version? This from the Dom-Post this morning: http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominionpost/4421172a6000.html
The Dom-Post notes:
"Health Minister David Cunliffe sacked the board this week and issued tracts of the draft report, provided to him by Mr Hausmann.
These include quotes from anonymous DHB staff critical of the board and particularly chairman Kevin Atkinson.
Mr Cunliffe said his decision to issue this material was cleared by the Crown Law Office. He reiterated yesterday that he remained outside the review process. "As I have not seen any drafts of the report, I cannot comment whether the documents released by me contain any contents from any draft report from the review. I would expect that the submitters took care to ensure that they acted properly," he said.
"I considered that it was in the public interest that the submissions were made available.""
If Mr Cunliffe is so concerned about "the public interest", why does he not authorise the release of the draft report and allow "the public" to make a judgement? Why is he selectively releasing extracts provided to him by Peter Hausmann? Let's not forget, Peter Hausmann was appointed to the HBDHB by then-Health Minister, Annette King in contravention of appointment guidelines; Peter Hausmann's company Healthcare NZ employs Ray Lind, Annette King's husband, former COO at the DHB (don't you just love all the acronyms!); Peter Hausmann and Healthcare NZ are at the centre of the allegations of conflict of interest being investigated.
From where I sit, on the other side of the North Island, where another DHB has problems, it seems to me that David Cunliffe is fast developing conflicts of his own interest!