Embarrassed to be a Cantabrian?

If anything could make me embarrassed to be a Cantabrian, it would be this.

Lindsay Mitchell reports that “Canterbury Health Board wants staff to boycott Christchurch’s city-to-surf run, because of the events sponsor – Powerade.

The health board is ‘putting its foot down.’ The idea that sugary drinks are appropriate is not the message we want out there, said a spokeswoman.

At last years City to Surf 12km run around 600 health workers participated. Hundreds of CHB staff have been told to stay away from the event.”

This perfectly illustrates the idiocy of socialised “health” provision. The Canterbury District Health Board are bumping people off waiting lists and condemning people to unnecessary misery and even death.

They are not doing the job they are charged with, yet have the cheek to criticise a private company for sponsoring a health promoting event.

Why are the two most screwed up sectors in NZ (health and Education) the ones under the most heavy handed state control?

The CDHB would better serve its hapless “clientele” by lobbying government for its own dissolution, rather than worrying about private companies who have a proven ability to do their jobs.

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6 thoughts on “Embarrassed to be a Cantabrian?

  1. Canterbury will overcome the yoke of anti-sugar Nazis, fear not. Maybe we should organise a run up and down Sugarloaf next time ’round. 🙂

    Hells bells, as Three News pointed out, after you’ve been for a blat to QE2 your body’s in need of exactly this kind of electrolyte replenishment! What better sponsor?

    Thus is all pretense lifted- it’s only and always about them telling us what to do. All content of what’s in the telling asside, so long as they’re bossing someone.

  2. The main story was that CDHB was going to “support”(does that mean putting in tax money)it and they would not do this because of Powerades association. It has been denied that staff have been told not to participate.

    The health board says that “only serious athletes use enough energy regularly to need powerade. It isnt suitable for ordinary people”

    By the way Im not sticking up for the Health board I am just relaying extra information.

  3. Its the hypocrisy that gets me. Never a mention of the Dicks carbohydrate /sugar laden cereals that are promoted as healthy. You’d be better off feeding your kids the box the cereal comes in rather than the crap inside.

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