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

 


Put Patients First will not give up on fight

MEDIA Statement for immediate release

February 28, 2014.

Put Patients First will not give up on fight for Diabetes Service

Hawke’s Bay’s public is rallying behind lobby group Put Patients First to keep holding the District Health Board to account.

Andy Lowe for Put Patients First said the public outcry is too great to walk away from after the DHB’s disappointing decision to not renew or even extend the GPSI contract, to allow time for patient consultation.

“Patients left the board meeting feeling disengaged and angry with the DHB.  But the public is listening to our campaign and support is building, every day people are asking the group to keep going and to not give up.

“We are looking at all our options as we plan to launch into our next stage of action.  We will be holding more public meetings across the region to discuss our comprehensive campaign plan.   This is about patients and we will keep fighting for them and their health.

“Diabetes is a major health crisis facing New Zealand that will cost this country millions and millions of dollars. It is growing at 10 per cent every year and that’s expected to get even higher – this is a pandemic, people are going blind, losing limbs, having heart attacks, going into renal failure. 

“The Hawke’s Bay DHB claims it is one of the best performing in New Zealand in diabetes care – but still around half of the region’s diabetics do not have control of their disease.

“Yet in just six weeks from the time a patient arrives at the GPSI clinic, they tell us their lives change as they learn how to take control of their diabetes, and their results, with long term outcomes, prove it.  These outcomes have up to a 74% saving in their health costs.

“The DHB is still refusing to release any evidence to support its decision to axe the service.  They have refused our offer to pay for an independent review to compare costs and outcomes of the GPSI service with the hospital services, and we have had no explanation why”


“New Zealand is facing a diabetes epidemic that will cost the country millions and it’s being felt right here in Hawke’s Bay.  But we have a service that is producing outstanding patient outcomes, and despite what the DHB says, is a more cost effective and outcome driven model, giving people with diabetes control of their lives and their disease, and it is closing the equality gap with Maori.

“It is astonishing the DHB wants to take the GPSI service away from those who need it most.”

To watch what patients presented to the DHB go to www.putpatientsfirst.co.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Ray Columbus: NZ Music Icon Passes Away

60s New Zealand music Icon Ray Columbus has passed away peacefully at his home north of Auckland... Ray Columbus enjoyed more than three decades at the top of NZ entertainment as a singer, songwriter, bandleader, music manager and TV star. More>>

Review: Bernard Herrmann's Scores For 'Vertigo' & 'Psycho'

Howard Davis: The NZSO's adventurousness was richly-rewarded, as the deeply appreciative Wellington audience was given the opportunity not only to see a couple of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, but also to hear fine renditions of two of Bernard Herrmann's most accomplished film scores. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Leonard Cohen

If Bob Dylan owned the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was an inescapable presence during the early 1970s period, pre-disco and pre-punk. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Pick And Camera

Through the eyes of a miner – the photography of Joseph Divis: The occupations of miner and photographer are seldom combined. The conjunction must have been very rare indeed in the era before hand-held cameras, high-speed film and flashlights More>>


Howard Davis: Review - The Cosmic Dance Of 'String Theory'

Fly My Pretties sixth album is quite possibly their best yet - a concept album in the best sense, with superb arrangements, funky grooves, and some great vocalizing, all organized around the lyrical leitmotif of string theory. More>>

Non-Natural History: Dinosaur Eggs 'Discovered' At Auckland Gardens

Auckland Botanic Gardens plant curators have unearthed what are thought to be prehistoric dinosaur eggs in the Gondwana Forest section of the expansive garden in Manurewa... In fact, the “dinosaur eggs” are part of an innovative, larger-than-life dinosaur performance and display featuring a raptor, a crested therapod and a towering Tyrannosaurus Rex. More>>

For The Birds: Kōkako Crowned Bird Of The Year

The Kōkako has been crowned New Zealand's Bird of the Year after two weeks of close competition and heated campaigning. More>>

ALSO:

  • Greening the Red Zone - Bird of the year heats up: kōtare concedes, backs kea
  • Image Out-Link - Giselle Clarkson on Twitter
  • Get More From Scoop

     
     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
    Health
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news