The Ministry of Health is full of busybodies who tell us all to stop smoking, stop drinking sugary beverages and wail on about obesity and the need to exercise more.
As is usual these days when there is a bloody great trough to wallow around in those who sanctimoniously tell us how to live our lives are busily doing exactly the opposite.
The Taxpayer’s Union has busted them though…it seems the staff in the Ministry of Health are simply too lazy to walk around the corner…and take cabs instead which you and I pay for.
A few months ago a Ministry of Health official contacted us regarding the use of taxi charge cards within the Ministry, and suggested we look at the number of ‘micro-trips’ taken by managers, often between the Ministry’s Wellington offices and Parliament.
Details of the Ministry’s taxi chargesÂ show its Wellington staffÂ are making more than 1,000Â taxi trips a year costing less than $10.
In the 2012/2013 financial year,Â Ministry staff based in Wellington charged taxpayers forÂ 8,645 taxi trips with 1,076 of those forÂ journeys costing less than $10.
It is sadly ironic that while theÂ Ministry of Health spends taxpayer money to promote active living, officials are getting taxis a few hundred metres down the road.
A taxi trip for the sake of a five minute walk is simply not justifiable when itâs someone else’s money. The documents show that theseÂ short trips make up more than ten percentÂ of all taxi charges by Wellington based staff.
Taxpayers will not be impressedÂ that Wellington health bureaucrats are the in habit of getting them to pay forÂ micro-trips when itÂ isÂ probably faster to walk.