Wonders will never cease

I was gobsmacked this morning to see one of the arch-opponents of the Super City imploring Tony Ryall to merge the 3 Auckland based DHBs:

Health Minister Tony Ryall says he has no plans to amalgamate Auckland and Waitemata district health boards, but “would not stand in the way” if such a marriage took place.

As a member of a Government dedicated to making bureaucracies more streamlined and cost-efficient, why is he dragging the anchor? Indeed, why isn’t he adding the Counties-Manukau district health board to the merger?

Mr Ryall was reacting to reported speculation following the resignation of Auckland DHB chief executive Garry Smith and two of his senior staff in recent months, that the exodus was a precursor to such amalgamation.

The denial is disappointing. The establishment of 21 DHBs in 2001 to administer health services across the country was always a flawed system as far as the Auckland region was concerned.

It isn’t often that I agree with Brian Rudman, but when I do it surely must be a good thing being suggested.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.