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


Cunliffe Needs To Search His Soul



Cunliffe Needs To Search His Soul

Libertarianz spokesman Richard McGrath said Health Minister David Cunliffe, the self-proclaimed 'socialist who can count', knows why three Hawkes Bay people have died waiting for coronary bypass surgery.

"There is no need for an independent inquiry into the deaths of the three Hawkes Bay people waiting for coronary bypass operations," said Dr McGrath. "Mr Cunliffe already knows the root cause of long surgical waiting lists."

"The Sovietization of health care under Michael Joseph Savage, and the failure of subsequent governments to allow New Zealanders to fully fund and manage their health requirements, is the reason behind the disastrous deaths in Hawkes Bay."

"Mr Cunliffe should be held accountable for this, and resign immediately, unless he publicly renounces socialism and moves to deregulate and privatize the health industry."

"Twelve years ago, former Libertarianz Party leader Lindsay Perigo spoke of the die-while-you-wait health system. Since then, nothing has changed. There is still a shortage of qualified specialist staff in cardiac surgery and other services."

"Under a private system, market forces mean hospitals would have to offer higher rates of pay and better conditions in order to attract staff - and rapidly - or risk financial ruin. Under a socialized system, hospitals respond to the demands of their customers with the trademark bureaucratic inertia we have come to expect in our public hospitals and health ministry."

"Libertarianz would slash taxes, abolish the health ministry and its army of useless public servants, and sell off public hospitals. This would allow people to make their own health care arrangements, free of molestation by socialists."

"Charities would provide a safety net for the deserving poor, and private health care responsive to individual needs would flourish. A variety of health care packages would be available to match the ability of individuals and families to pay."

"No-one would be forced to underwrite the health care costs of others. There would be a much greater incentive for people to take better care of themselves, instead of leaving everything to Nanny State."


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Review - A Girl Named Mo

Moana Ete brought her three-piece band A Girl Named Mo to Wellington's intimate and iconic Bats Theatre last week for a five-night residency. Each show was recorded and filmed live for the release of her debut album 'Platonic/Romantic' on Loop records later this year. More>>

For The Birds: Who Will Be Crowned Bird Of The Year?

The competition involves well-known and enthusiastic New Zealanders acting as ‘campaign managers’ for their favourite birds with many going to great lengths to get New Zealanders to vote for their chosen bird... More>>


  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Gordon Campbell: On Bob Dylan's Nobel (And The Surplus)

    So Bob Dylan has just won the Nobel Prize for… Literature? Wow. I’d be just as happy if he’d won for his work on particle physics (“One Grain of Sand”, “Simple Twist of Fate”) or got the Economics prize for his work on the theory of contracting (“Don’t Think Twice Its Alright”) ... More>>


    Scoop Review Of Books: Whose Goat Was That?

    Mysterious Mysteries of Aro Valley is a sharp, satirical and sometimes downright scary romp through and around that valley in ways that made me question the realities of the places I thought I knew so well. More>>


    NZ On Air TV Funding: More Comedy Comes Out Of The Shadows

    Paranormal Event Response Unit is a series conceived by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi as a TV spin-off from their highly acclaimed feature film What We Do In The Shadows. More>>


    Mars News: Winners Announced For The 2016 Apra Silver Scroll Awards

    Wellington singer-songwriter and internationally acclaimed musician Thomas Oliver has won the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Award with his captivating love song ‘If I Move To Mars’. More>>


    Get More From Scoop



    Search Scoop  
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news