Another day and yet more evidence of confusion over Covid-19 information:
The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) says posts on a Government website saying a KFC worker did nothing wrong were made in “on the understanding it was accurate” as the information came from the Health Ministry.
If it wasn’t accurate, what was it doing on the website?
Multiple posts were made on the Unite Against COVID-19 website, which is run by the DPMC, on February 26. The posts were responding to questions from the public and stated that the KFC worker, known as Case L, didn’t need to isolate and her and her family “complied with advice they were given at the time”.
The Prime Minister said on the same day she was “frustrated” with Case L for not isolating and being at work. . .
COVID-response Minister Chris Hipkins said today the information was “out of context.”
But National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop said the situation showed even Government departments are confused.
“This is just baffling and bewildering. The Unite Against COVID-19 Facebook page is posting the Ministry’s own advice while Ministers dissemble and play the blame game. It is deeply unedifying.”
A spokesperson for the DPMC said the posts were “made in good faith” on the understanding that the information was correct, but “recognises the use of the word complied in the reply made it more definitive than it should have been.” . . .
On the understanding that the information was correct? More definitive that it should have been? Surely all communication on an official website should be correct and definitive.
It should also be clear, easily understood and not open to varying interpretations.
Who’s responsible for ensuring that it is? It’s not the members of the public that the politicians are criticising.
It’s the same people who are responsible for all the other mistakes and shortcomings in the Covid-19 response – the government and the Ministry of Health.
It is less than edifying to have different government agencies bickering publicly about who was right. It wouldn’t be happening if there was a single Covid recovery agency responsible for all policy and communication.