News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


HCH Asks If Active Review Is Passive Parking

Tuesday 5 July 2005

HCH Asks If Active Review Is Passive Parking

“HCHs’ monthly meeting unanimously rejected the current ‘active review system’ for elective surgery and termed it passive parking,” Eleanor Carter Spokesperson of Health Cuts Hurt said today.

She was commenting on the Government’s “active review” system where thousands of patients who currently do not cross the bar for elective surgery are supposedly provided with a programme of “active care and review”.

“These patients have been told that although they need elective surgery, publicly funded treatment is not available to people with their level of need at that time, and that they will be placed on active review. Patients in active review are supposed to have their plan of care, including their level of priority, reviewed and updated at intervals of not more than six months,” said Eleanor Carter.

“GPs and specialists involved in the system mockingly term it ‘passive parking’,” said Eleanor Carter. “It is a national scandal that what occurs for most patients is that their condition will meet the access threshold for treatment in the foreseeable future, because their health condition deteriorates over the period!”

“With a $7b surplus the Government should be urgently reducing the waiting lists,” said Eleanor Carter. “Instead of buying into a tax reduction debate, other Parties should be pushing to get the thousands of patients off the passive parking list.”


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Legendary Bassist David Friesen Plays Wellington’s Newest Jazz Venue

Friesen is touring New Zealand to promote his latest album Another Time, Another Place, recorded live at Auckland's Creative Jazz Club in 2015. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Father - Descending Into The Depths of Dementia

Florian Zeller's dazzling drama The Father explores the effects of a deeply unsettling illness that affects 62,000 Kiwis, a number expected to grow to 102,000 by 2030. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Blade Runner Redivivus

When Ridley Scott's innovative, neo-noir, sci-fi flick Blade Runner was originally released in 1982, at a cost of over $45 million, it was a commercial bomb. More>>

14-21 October: New Zealand Improv Festival In Wellington

Imagined curses, Shibuya’s traffic, the apocalypse, and motherhood have little in common, but all these and more serve as inspiration for the eclectic improvised offerings coming to BATS Theatre this October for the annual New Zealand Improv Festival. More>>


Bird Of The Year Off To A Flying Start

The competition asks New Zealanders to vote for their favourite bird in the hopes of raising awareness of the threats they face. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Jenny Abrahamson's John & Charles Enys: Castle Hill Runholders, 1864-1891

This volume will be of interest to a range of readers interested in the South Island high country, New Zealand’s natural environment, and the history of science. More>>