Managing constructive dissent re COVID policies

ASE made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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Attn Ministry of Health,

As it regards COVID response advice, guidance, policies, and related matters; as is offered to Ministry of Health, sought by Ministry of Health, and acted on by Ministry of Health,

• How is constructive dissent being encouraged? How is groupthink and confirmation bias being discouraged?

• What management practices are in place to ensure that constructive dissent is being encouraged; and groupthink and confirmation bias are being discouraged? How are these matters being assessed and managed (eg via "key performance indicators") on an ongoing basis, and what has been the assessment of such metrics? If such metrics are not being actively assessed and managed, then why are they not being actively assessed and managed?

• How has diversity of thought been compromised by mandates which exclude or otherwise marginalise those who dissent or conscientiously object to requirements to submit to medical treatments (aka "vaccinations")? If this issue has not been assessed, then why has this issue not been assessed?

Thank you,
ASE

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202200656.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after
the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the
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Please find a letter attached regarding your official information act
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Attn Ministry of Health

As The Ministry of Health has a duty to provide evidence-based policy advice, I believe it is reasonable to expect that The Ministry of Health actively maintains policies to ensure that ideology, or worse, does not displace evidence in the formation of public health policy.

As such, I expect that The Ministry of Health can provide information about how such inevitable conflicts are managed.

As such, this is absolutely not an attempt to engage in debate or ask for opinions, but purely an honest request for information.

Since "the information sought is not held by the Ministry", I have to conclude that The Ministry of Health does not have any policies in place to prevent ideology, or worse, from displacing evidence in the formation of public health policy. This is shocking.

Unfortunately, the obtuse and defensive nature of your response to this request for information points towards the darkest fears raised by this request; that The Ministry of Health has no internal policies in place to ensure that its public health policies and public health advice are evidence-based.

Further, since this request is very simply asking for information, which I reasonably believe should be held by The Ministry of Health, and this request is not an attempt to engage in debate, ask for opinions, or otherwise make a vexatious request, I have no choice but to follow up with a formal complaint to The Office of the Ombudsman.

Or, please correct me if my understanding is wrong: Does The Ministry of Health not have any obligation to rely on evidence, to produce evidence-based policies and evidence-based policy advice? Is it acceptable for The Ministry of Health to rely on something other than evidence, to produce something other than evidence-based policies and advice?

Thank you,
ASE

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Kia ora ASE,
Thank you for your email. The Ministry is satisfied with the response and
has nothing further to add. As you are aware, you have the right under
section 23 of the Act to seek a review by the Ombudsman of any decisions
made in responding to your request.  The contact details for the Ombudsman
are available at [1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services Team

 

[2]Ministry of Health information releases

[3]Unite against COVID-19

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From: ASE <[FOI #18339 email]>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 February 2022 13:58
To: OIA Requests <[email address]>
Subject: Re: Your official information act request (ref_H202200656)
 
Attn Ministry of Health

As The Ministry of Health has a duty to provide evidence-based policy
advice, I believe it is reasonable to expect that The Ministry of Health
actively maintains policies to ensure that ideology, or worse, does not
displace evidence in the formation of public health policy.

As such, I expect that The Ministry of Health can provide information
about how such inevitable conflicts are managed.

As such, this is absolutely not an attempt to engage in debate or ask for
opinions, but purely an honest request for information.

Since "the information sought is not held by the Ministry", I have to
conclude that The Ministry of Health does not have any policies in place
to prevent ideology, or worse, from displacing evidence in the formation
of public health policy. This is shocking.

Unfortunately, the obtuse and defensive nature of your response to this
request for information points towards the darkest fears raised by this
request; that The Ministry of Health has no internal policies in place to
ensure that its public health policies and public health advice are
evidence-based.

Further, since this request is very simply asking for information, which I
reasonably believe should be held by The Ministry of Health, and this
request is not an attempt to engage in debate, ask for opinions, or
otherwise make a vexatious request, I have no choice but to follow up with
a formal complaint to The Office of the Ombudsman.

Or, please correct me if my understanding is wrong: Does The Ministry of
Health not have any obligation to rely on evidence, to produce
evidence-based policies and evidence-based policy advice? Is it acceptable
for The Ministry of Health to rely on something other than evidence, to
produce something other than evidence-based policies and advice?

Thank you,
ASE

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