17 Jun 2009

Ryall rejects Labour's conference-scrapping figure

6:43 pm on 17 June 2009

Health Minister Tony Ryall has rejected Labour Party accusations that the Government wasted more than $100,000 by cancelling a health conference scheduled for last February.

Labour's health spokesperson, Ruth Dyson, says a paper she obtained under the Official Information Act reveals the cancellation cost at $100,000.

But Mr Ryall says scrapping the conference actually saved taxpayers several hundred thousand dollars.

He says his calculation includes not only the cost of the conference but also of travel and accommodation for delegates from district health boards and primary health organisations.

But the paper obtained by Ms Dyson says the conference was just $14,000 away from breaking even when it was called off.