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The health select committee will reconvene today for its last act of the parliamentary session, as Opposition parties try to find flaws in the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee chair Louisa Wall says it has invited Health Minister Chris Hipkins and the Director-General of Health, Dr Ashley Bloomfield, to answer questions.

The letter seeking the hearing came from National’s health spokesperson, Dr Shane Reti, and was supported by a majority of members, with New Zealand First having the casting vote.

"As chair of the committee I have the authority to call meetings and I did based on the fact a majority of my colleagues wanted to have that briefing and it was really to add another layer of scrutiny, in addition to the 1 pm meetings that we’ve all become accustomed to," Ms Wall says.

The hearing will be streamed on the select committee’s Facebook page.

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