National MP Tim van de Molen off work after breaking both arms, sustaining spinal, rib fractures in accident

He has undergone surgeries.
He has undergone surgeries. Photo credit: National.

A National MP will be off work for a while after breaking both of his arms and sustaining spinal and rib fractures.

Tim van de Molen, the MP for Waikato, says he suffered the injuries on Saturday afternoon in "an unfortunate accident where I fell from a platform". 

"Since arriving at Waikato Hospital, I have undergone several surgeries to address my injuries; the medical team expect I will be released from hospital next week," he said in a statement. 

"I'd like to thank St. John's staff for their prompt response and professionalism which led to me receiving a very high standard of care from the outset.

"I also extend my heartfelt thanks to the staff at Waikato Hospital for the exceptional dedication they have given to my care – especially acknowledging the difficulty of the existing workload being amplified by COVID-19."

National leader Christopher Luxon said in a separate statement that van de Molen would be off work while recovering. 

"I have spoken with Tim and assured him that he has the full support of his colleagues as he takes time to focus on himself, his recovery and his family at this time," Luxon said.

While van de Molen is away, National's Gerry Brownlee will take on his Defence and Veterans portfolios while Barbara Kuriger will act as Horticulture spokesperson and take his associate Agriculture delegations. 

"I am grateful to Christopher Luxon for his support and to Gerry Brownlee and Barbara Kuriger for acting in my portfolios," van de Molen said.

"My dedicated team remains available in the Waikato electorate and in Wellington for constituent needs.

"For now, I will be at home with my family focusing on my recovery."