9 Apr 2020

Coronavirus: Maori health specialists want to see data

From Morning Report, 8:39 am on 9 April 2020

A Covid-19 group set up by Maori public health specialists says it urgently needs to find out what the Health Ministry is doing before there are costly mistakes.

Sources have told RNZ the ministry has just finished designing the data collection and analysis system it needs to make a decision about whether to come out of lockdown on April 22.

Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa Urutā says it's had no input to that and doesn't know anything about the source or quality of the information being collected about Maori.

It says it has no idea about the likely and predicted footprint of Covid-19 into Māori communities who generally have higher health needs and will be more susceptible to the virus.

A health data specialist Andrew Sporle is furious about the lack of information.