11 Apr 2019

Political interference denied in Pharmac decision

From Morning Report, 7:51 am on 11 April 2019

The chair of a parliamentary select committee is rejecting claims political interference led to a decision not to investigate drug-buyer Pharmac. The Labour-controlled health select committee voted Wednesday against holding a review of the agency, leaving a group of breast cancer patients bitterly disappointed. An advocate for the group, Malcolm Mulholland, whose wife has breast cancer, says he was told that the Minister of Health David Clark had interferred. Committee chair Louisa Wall, however, says the Minister played no role in the decision. She joins us now.