Contact tracing still costs millions

“ACT can reveal the government has spent $58 million on contact tracing since May, despite no one being traced,” ACT chief David Seymour said.

“Fifty eight million dollars would fund 191 CF patients on Trikafta for a year, 412,000 mental health counseling sessions, and that’s 58 times more than Hospice NZ needs – but this government seems to think that it is better to spend it on a service that is of no use.

“ACT says any COVID restrictions or services that don’t tangibly protect our healthcare system should just go away. This is wasteful spending at a time when reckless government spending is fueling domestic inflation out of control.

“As the virus evolves and changes, so should our response. The government says the money is for ‘providing testing and isolation advice to cases and household contacts’. How on earth it could cost $58 million over five months is unfathomable.

“We seem to be stuck with redundant policies that were designed for a different variant and only exist as a financial burden.

“Getting rid of contact tracing would save taxpayers millions and is an important symbol that we are moving on and getting our way of life back. This should be done immediately.

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