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19/05/2021

More problems with the chronically inept MOH

Homepaddock

We might have sympathy for a ‘technical anomaly’ that requires a law change because the government’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine went beyond what the Medicines Act allowed.

But that sympathy doesn’t extend to two other health related news items:

Auditor-General John Ryan has raised major doubts about whether everyone will be vaccinated for Covid-19 by the end of the year.

He has released his review of the government’s roll out plan, outlining several shortcomings in the government’s plan.

He outlined worries about enough supply, about the number of vaccinators, about reaching remote communities and about confusion among district health boards.

“Problems were inevitable for a rollout of the scale and complexity of this one,” Ryan said.

“I am not yet confident that all the pieces will fall into place quickly enough for the programme to ramp up to the level required over the second half of 2021. There…

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