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Trust has been earned over many years

MEDIA
STATEMENT
From the Chief Executive, Karen Thomas

SUNDAY, MAY 29

Trust has been earned over many years

One of the constants through the many health reforms by successive governments over the last 15 years is that patients continue to trust their GPs.

The importance of this group of medical specialists cannot be over-emphasised for they are the key to new approaches focused on improving the health of all New Zealanders through investment in primary healthcare. If more illness is prevented, and illness that exists is reduced in severity by earlier intervention, then everyone gains – patients and taxpayers alike.

GPs know their business and the ‘Value of General Practice: 2005’ is an articulation of principles and actions that are required to ensure that New Zealanders continue on the path towards better health.

In his March 2002 report, Purchasing Primary Health Care Provided In General Practice, the Auditor General stated as part of his overall conclusions that

“In our view, the health sector would benefit from a period of stability to allow effective purchasing capability for primary health care to develop, and to make progress to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of primary health care service delivery. The fact that service provision has continued to function as well as it has reflects, to a large degree, the goodwill and tenacity of health professionals working in the primary health care sector.”

The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners believes the Auditor General’s comment remains valid today.

Consistent and effective leadership is vital as the primary care sector continues to move forward, meeting and overcoming obstacles.

The ‘Value of General Practice: 2005’ is enclosed.

Chief Executive


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