Andrew Barr is refusing to have anything to do with the estimates committee but Katy Gallagher is defending the decision:
- Health Minister Katy Gallagher says she urged Mr Barr to use his ‘call-in’ powers and she has defended the move.
“I had to make a judgement call about whether I was prepared to let the hospital redevelopment being delayed by six months,” she said.
“It’s a judgement call I had to make within a certain time frame and I’ve made it.”
Now sure, the need to use the call-in suggests the system is a bit broken, we already knew that, and it would be nice to see it fixed. But other than the procedural niceties we’re talking about a major expansion of the hospital, what are these grave concerns and are they really worth holding up the re-development for?