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Press Release 26 June 2020

Health Minister David Clark’s continuing bumbling has seen progress stop on the $10 million upgrade of Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s radiology department, Tukituki MP Lawrence Yule says.

“The $10 million was approved in last year’s Budget, but the Minister is now saying he never received a recommendation to approve it.

“What’s more, Finance Minister Grant Robertson confirmed he hasn’t received that recommendation either.

“Where is the money that was requested by the Hawke’s Bay DHB in November 2018? Is it sitting on the Health Minister’s desk and he thinks he’s already approved it?

“Hawke’s Bay is being denied access to vital imaging equipment, which everybody, except the Minister, thinks should be funded with urgency.

“The real losers when it comes to this ongoing incompetence are the people of Hawke’s Bay.”

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