It was revealed this afternoon that former Health Minister Tony Ryall, who was thought by many to be a highly respected Minister, was forced to quit by Finance Minister Bill English after it became clear that the much vaunted crown owned entity, Health Benefits Limited (HBL), had become a financial disaster.
Now you won’t read this into today’s press and online stories. No mention of Tony Ryall, the man with those gaudy ties on television interviews. He has just disappeared and the government‘s new minister, is former Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman. The government has announced yesterday that it would axe its controversial health cost-cutting entity, Health Benefits (HBL) but still expected district health boards to save $620 million over four years.
The Government has now agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHB’s to move the shared services program to a DHB- owned vehicle and to wind down the discredited HBL.
This would be Health-Alliance to be owned by the three Auckland DHB‘s. Labour supports Minister Coleman’s decision, but the venture was considered a waste of money.
The old HBL scheme was described by one critic as a Ponzi Scheme This has destroyed Tony Ryall’s political career, though the Government has white-washed Ryall’s involvement. He will be generously compensated somehow or another.
Read more here:
- Axing of HBL reflects poorly on Ryall – Labour (nzherald.co.nz)
- King says DHB may endanger patients (stuff.co.nz)
- Health cost-cutting scheme HBL shelved (stuff.co.nz)
- Green light for health savings scheme (stuff.co.nz)
- Phased roll-out of bowel screening urged (radionz.co.nz)
- Simpson Grierson Recruits Tony Ryall (lawfuel.com)
- Cost-cutting organisation getting the flick (nzherald.co.nz)