Nick Smith said the provision of 16 hours was an interim provision and a long term plan would be made after the final report from the independent clinical panel was released in mid-September.
The panel was set up by Dr Smith following concern about the cuts being made. (Not quite right. The Panel was set up because a lot of very fine people got pissed off and put pressure on him and DESPITE qualified professionals telling him, he's doing it wrong)
"It was my decision to set up the independent clinical panel when it was plain that a substantive number of clinicians working in this area believed ACC had it wrong," he said. (Don't YOU dare cash in on this! It was NOT his decision. Pressure from Labour MADE him reconsider his initial denial of a claims review)
Dr Smith said while he had been careful not to interfere with what was a clinical matter (being careful NOT to interfere and turning a blind eye are pretty much the same thing Smith!) he did not think ACC had managed the issue well. (NO fucking kidding Sherlock!)
Labour's ACC spokesman David Parker said Dr Smith's attempts to blame the ACC board should not be accepted.
"The minister was repeatedly and clearly warned by clinicians and the Labour Party that his changes were so obviously wrong. (YEP, He sure was!)
"Why have a minister if he will not take responsibility in the face of prior warnings."