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No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:22:01 +1200 | NZNO

No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017 $2b more needed Budget 2017 does not bring relief to pressured nurses. It fails to increase operational funding to a level that would mean nurses are adequately resourced to keep up with current health care ...More >>

Healthcare funding merely cosmetic

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:31:37 +1200 | ActionStation

Today's Budget needed to do much more to save our public health care says ActionStation Co-Director Laura O’Connell-Rapira. More >>

Budget Speech 2017

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:11:17 +1200 | New Zealand Government

I move that the Appropriation (2017/18 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time. More >>

Mental health worker: budget distressing

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:59:37 +1200 | YesWeCareNZ

Mental Health social worker Andy Colwell says the new budget for mental health is distressing. More >>

Budget shows Mental Health not a Priority

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:04:14 +1200 | ActionStation

Budget shows Mental Health not a Priority Press Release 25 May, 2017 Despite the concerns of many New Zealanders, the National Government's budget announced today only includes an incremental increase in funding for mental health services. “The ...More >>

Huge health funding boost welcome

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:42:54 +1200 | Health Funds Association of NZ

The huge boost to health funding in today’s Budget has been welcomed by the Health Funds Association (HFANZ). More >>

$205.4m for disability support services

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:16:59 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $205.4 million over four years to maintain and improve disability support services, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner say. More >>

Further support for bowel screening roll-out

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:16:43 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman Minister of Health 25 May 2017 Further support for bowel screening roll-out More >>

Health investment increases to a record $16.8b

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:15:49 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.More >>

$224m boost for mental health

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:14:05 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Budget 2017 will invest an extra $224 million over four years in mental health services including $124 million in new innovative approaches, Social Investment Minister Amy Adams and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman say.More >>

Budget 2017 - Scoop Full Coverage

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:44:12 +1200 | Scoop Full Coverage

Scoop will be updating this page with Budget announcements, reaction and analysis once the Budget is released at 2pm. Hit reload to see the latest version.More >>

Int'l Public Health Scientist to Brief NZ Govt

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:46:01 +1200 | Dr Lisa Bonadonna

An international scientist says New Zealand can solve many of its social problems by encouraging cooperation between government, local charities, and the private sector, and is well positioned to provide a greater role in emergency response and specific ...More >>

Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:54:06 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Overloaded hospitals reach crisis point

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:18:01 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The country’s hospitals have reached breaking point with some hospitals discharging patients to free up bed space and patients with serious injuries having to wait hours to be seen by a doctor, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.More >>

Decision halt collection of client data welcomed

Wed, 24 May 2017 13:57:30 +1200 | Comvoices

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers ...More >>

Good examples of dementia care highlighted

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:23:38 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming a move to promote examples of good practice in dementia design. More >>

Support for smoke-free alternatives key to Smokefree goal

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:27:18 +1200 | End Smoking NZ

The Government’s recent decision to legalise nicotine for e-cigarette vaping shows just how serious it is about New Zealand Smokefree 2025 goal, according to a group of leading public health researchers.More >>

Housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:50:13 +1200 | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

New poll – housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities for Kiwis ahead of Budget An exclusive new poll has revealed the top issues New Zealanders believe the Government must address inThursday’s Budget. It also gives insights into attitudes ...More >>

Government response to suicide miss-placed

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:51 +1200 | Closing The Gap

The current debate about high levels of suicide in New Zealand misses the point says Peter Malcolm, National Secretary of Income Inequality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc—Closing the Gap.More >>

Counties Manukau DHB improves on healthy kids target

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00:37 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the latest health target results show increased performance at Counties Manukau DHB, particularly on the raising healthy kids target. More >>