There isn’t a political car that Winston will not chase

The Government is trying to dodge class action by surgical mesh victims instead of acting to help them, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says.

“Instead of saying these people need to be fixed up and fast, they’re worried about what it will mean if they turn nasty and that, frankly, is irrelevant. They have a right to feel aggrieved.”

Peters said mesh patients could take class action but the Government should accept responsibility and provide compensation.

Is this really a big problem?   

ACC has received 780 claims for mesh injuries since 2005, at a cost of $12 million to the taxpayer, and four people have died from mesh-related complications.

Few of the recommendations made by a Health Select Committee inquiry in 2014 have been implemented, including a registry.

“The responsibility for this lies purely with [Minister of Health] Jonathan Coleman and he needs to be made accountable for the inaction on his part,” Korte​ said.

Coleman said a registry for mesh devices would be considered as part of a new regulatory regime for therapeutic products in New Zealand.

“This is a major piece of work and the consultation is later than initially anticipated due to the number and complexity of the issues to be worked through.”

Peters said the Government should act now.

“What do they mean by a wider review? For goodness sake, there are people with identifiable, problems right now and they have had them for considerable time and they need to be fixed up now, not wait around for some bureaucratic inside the belt review.”

I don’t always agree with Winston, in fact, I often don’t, but I can’t help but have a grudging admiration for his ability to cause so much stress and strain.

Perhaps it is the vacuum of a capable opposition that makes him look better.


– Stuff

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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.