Health Minister David Clark has finally turned up to work, and when he did, his first job was to throw his Director-General of Health under the bus, Leader of the Opposition Todd Muller says.
“David Clark’s treatment of Ashley Bloomfield is a disgrace. He humiliated a man we have grown to respect and trust during lockdown.
“While Dr Bloomfield has fronted up day after day, Clark hasn’t even bothered to look at the quarantine arrangements that are so vital in protecting New Zealand from the virus.
“Clark is the very definition of a ‘non-essential worker’.”
Mr Muller observed that while the Minister of Health’s continued, bumbling presence defines the incompetence of the Labour Government, he is not the only one who should accept responsibility for the furore.
“Did the Prime Minister know that Clark would be directing all blame on Dr Bloomfield?
“Jacinda Ardern is happy to take centre-stage during lockdown briefings but as soon as there’s bad news, she is nowhere to be seen.
“For Ardern, when things go wrong, the buck stops with the frontline workers, never her Ministers, never herself.”