Sucking on the Taxpayers’ Tit, Ctd

If you were spitting out your cup of warm milk at the post yesterday exposing Breastfeeding NZ and the amount of dosh those troughers were tucking into, then you’d better sit down.

Topping the list of Brestapo groups is one called the Women’s Health Action Trust or Women’s Health Action for short.

Having gouged out over $1 million from the public trough they clearly feel as though they’re untouchable.  They’re clearly not worried about some contract they have with Jo Goodhew’s Ministry of Health, in which the work they undertake is meant to be “consistent with and maintain the actual and perceived political neutrality of the MoH”. Hell no, we’re the Brestapo.

They’ve agreed with the Ministry to fund them for, wait for it… to make complaints about the WHO Breastfeeding Code (i.e. lodge complaints against infant formula).

Hang on a second. Do you mean to say that the Ministry of Health is funding this group to make complaints about manufacturers producing infant formula for NZ mothers who struggle to breastfeed? Well yes!

But wait there’s more.

Troughers are well known for lobbying the Government – despite the so-called MoH ‘actual and perceived political neutrality’ get out of jail card, inserted into every contract. Here we have the Women’s Health Action contract stating that they are to lobby the Government.

and;

So what you say. It doesn’t say lobbying in here, so you’re winding this up. Sadly no. Look what they state on their website right at the top of their activities…

So, yet again here we have troughers sucking up over $28,000 per month (and have been for the last 4 years at least).

I bet Tony Ryall may be starting to wonder what is going on in the bowels of his Ministry and why his Associate Ministers’ aren’t all over this like a rash.

Looks like a razor gang is needed once again to dive into the Vote Health budget.


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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. 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.

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