A majority of the review panel – four of the seven members – and all six members of the panel’s Māori expert advisory group supported a four-page “alternate view”, published in the final report, which criticises the proposal of a Māori Health Authority without a “fully empowered commissioning role”.
Commenting on the report, National Hauora Coalition chief executive Simon Royal and senior lecturer Rhys Jones, of Te Kupenga Hauora Māori at the University of Auckland, have both said establishing the new authority as proposed would breach te Tiriti o Waitangi.
In a phone interview, New Zealand Doctor asked Ms Simpson why the alternate view was presented as such when it was the majority view.
“Because this is a consensus report,” she says. “We don’t run these things by majority or not. We don’t vote on things. This is our report. The rest of the report is a full consensus. Some people wanted to put a different point of view, which was not part of the consensus, and so that was why it was included.”
Asked for a definition of consensus, she says: “It means we all agree.”
Asked if she could confirm there was a threat of a walkout or withdrawal from the panel over the issue, she says, “No I can’t confirm that ... I’m not commenting, I’m not getting into that.
“There was a consensus report, an alternative view was published in the report, and that’s all I’ve got to say about it.”