This guy’s arrogance knows no bounds. It’s all over the MSM channels and if there’s this level of attention then the PM should (if she has any guts) make a public statement on the matter of her husband-to-be and his corruption.
‘Deeply inappropriate’: Bishop hits out at Gayford’s alleged bid to get rapid antigen tests for muso mates
National’s COVID-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop calls an incident where Clarke Gayford allegedly tried to get a pharmacist to give his musician mates rapid antigen tests – in contradiction to health advice – “deeply inappropriate”.
© Video – Newshub; Image – Getty Images Related video: Chris Hipkins speaks about Dimension.
He says Gayford then intervened by claiming that criteria for accessing rapid antigen tests had changed in order to get his mates a test – they’re actually only available in certain circumstances for particular people.
Taylor then posted in a private Facebook group for Kiwi pharmacists asking if there had been a change to eligibility for the tests, the NZ Herald reports.
“Just had a group of vaccinated musicians arrive having potentially been exposed want a RAT – explained to them that they needed to have a PCR test done,” Taylor wrote.
“As they didn’t like this they got Clarke Gayford on the phone who proceeded to tell me that there had been a change in guidance and these people should be given RAT tests – when I explained that we had not received any direction from the MoH he was very unimpressed.”
The Ministry of Health’s website says if a person has flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms or they’re a close or casual contact of someone infected with the virus, “rapid antigen screening should not be used, and the person should be directed immediately for a laboratory-based PCR test for COVID-19”.
According to Bishop, Gayford’s role in the incident was “deeply inappropriate”.
“Wow. Some vaccinated musicians went to get rapid antigen tests from a pharmacy after the DJ Dimension debacle,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“Pharmacist rightly said no, you need to go and get a PCR test if you’re a potential close contact. So the musicians got Clarke Gayford on the phone who told the pharmacist the guidelines had changed (they hadn’t). Deeply inappropriate.”
Gayford, who is Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s fiancé, has apologised in a statement through his manager, telling the NZ Herald he was “rung by a friend about rapid antigen testing and was put on speakerphone while the person was in a pharmacy”.
“He apologises for any issues or confusion this may have caused the pharmacy staff.”…continues
I Would Have Thought Corrupt Was a Better Word
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