Judith Collins has confirmed she has suffered a health
scare but says she has had encouraging results from recent
Friends of the tough talking Justice Minister, who has been
under pressure for weeks over conflict of interest claims,
told a gossip columnist this week she had been suffering from
"a private health scare".
This afternoon as she headed into Parliament for the last
time before taking leave ordered by Prime Minister John Key,
Ms Collins told reporters: "I have actually had a bit of
health scare over the last month but I've had some results
back and they're very good".
"I'm going to get a few more tests done but I'm actually
feeling very good about it now."
Asked whether the pressure of recent weeks, which she says
was a factor in her attack on TVNZ political reporter Katie
Bradford, had taken its toll on her health she said: "'I
don't know that that's got anything to do with it".
After failing to land a knockout blow on Ms Collins yesterday
over their claims she intervened with a Chinese official on
behalf of Oravida, a company her husband works for, the
Opposition turned their guns on Mr Key this afternoon.
Responding to an attack from Labour Leader David Cunliffe, Mr
Key said Ms Collins "enjoys my full confidence".
Ms Collins leaves Parliament today but returns in time for
next Thursday's Budget.
- By Adam Bennett of the NZ Herald