Update: National accused of running secret health agenda

12:12PM Thursday September 27, 2007

Tony Ryall

Tony Ryall

The National Party is being accused of running a secret agenda after confirming it will scrap controls on doctors’ fees.

Health spokesman Tony Ryall and Party leader John Key launched a discussion document, which made no mention of doctor costs.

Mr Ryall insisted he had previously announced that National would scrap the review system which forces doctors to explain fee increases which are above the inflation rate.

“We don’t support Labour’s fees control system. We’ll be knocking it on the head,” he said yesterday when the issue was raised at the press conference.

Prime Minister Helen Clark told reporters it was “grossly duplicitous” to leave it out of the policy paper.

“The National Party’s secret agenda for the health system has been flushed out,” she said.

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