Ashley Bloomfield has been caught telling fibs to the Health Select Committee. Like all good little civil servants he has ‘fessed up, yet again, to misleading Members of Parliament:
Director general of health Dr Ashley Bloomfield has apologised to Parliament’s health select committee for providing them incorrect information.
On Wednesday, he told MPs he had not personally discussed the case of a United Nations worker from Fiji who was seriously ill with Covid-19 with officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
But, in a letter to the committee chair Labour MP Liz Craig, Bloomfield said he did exchange text messages with the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade Chris Seed about the matter.
An application for the worker to travel to New Zealand for medical treatment was approved last week after being refused initially because of “capacity” issues.
The worker remains in intensive care in Middlemore Hospital.
In the letter to Craig correcting his statement, Bloomfield provided the content of the texts and the time they were sent.
On July 28, Seed texted Bloomfield about the UN worker, providing an update on where discussions were at and asking if there was anything more his officials needed to do.
Bloomfield responded, saying health officials were “all over it” and said he thought there would be a resolution.
A short time later, Bloomfield sent another text saying it was “all sorted”.NZ Herald
It seems when busted he does an immediate mea culpa and then carries on his lying ways.
How many times can one senior civil servant mislead MPs doing their statutory jobs and not suffer any sanctions?
More to the point, if he lies about these things at the drop of a hat what else is he misleading us on?
Once is a mistake, twice is incompetence, three times is habitual.
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