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Smalley: No Minister, the health system is really sick

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What is your number one concern ahead of the election? Well, according to the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll, it's health.

And so it should be. Yes, housing and immigration are big issues too - but if you don't have your health, what do you have?

In the past 24 hours, health has come catapulting up the news agenda.

First, the concerns raised by Jacinda Ardern.

Her 85-year-old grandfather was in Waikato Hospital, which is full to bursting. And so at 11.30 on Tuesday night the hospital attempted to discharge him.

It's not the fault of the staff, said Ardern - nor is this issue about her - but it's indicative of the state of our health system. It's not fit for purpose.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, predictably, turned on Ardern.

He said it was "edgy" for Ardern to politicise her grandfather's situation. And that, in one sentence, showed the remarkable arrogance of the man.

This is why Coleman is accused by some within the sector of being incredibly........

© New Zealand Herald