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

 


Thanks for listening Minister. But more needed

Thanks for listening Minister. But more needed


Arthritis New Zealand Chief Executive Sandra Kirby says the additional funding for elective surgery that was offered as a temporary measure five months ago and has been confirmed in yesterday’s Budget is a step in the right direction.

In January the Minister announced temporary funding for elective surgery to help alleviate current demand. “At the time we welcomed the initiative and asked for the increased levels to be made permanent. It is great that the Minister took this to heart.”

“For many people with osteoarthritis having a joint replaced, such as hip or knee, is a successful and safe procedure that is important in reducing pain, increasing mobility and ensuring they can stay in the work force.”

“But more is needed. All of the evidence points to ever increasing need for elective surgery. The ageing population and the obesity epidemic will mean this increase while helping will barely meet current demand let alone future calls for surgery.”

“There is New Zealand and international evidence to show we can do much more to prevent surgery, with other treatment, such as physiotherapy. We remain hopeful that provision will be made for these services as well.”

“Arthritis is the most common disabling condition facing New Zealanders – but not a health priority. Not providing early intervention and effective treatment is creating health, welfare and economic headaches. Elective surgery is an important last resort – but not the whole story”, Ms Kirby concluded.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

A Series Of Tubes: 150 Years Of The Cook Strait Cable

“It was a momentous achievement for its time. The successful connection came on the third attempt at laying the cable, and followed a near disaster when the first cable snapped - almost destroying the ship Weymouth in the process,” says Ms Adams. More>>

ALSO:

February 2017: Guns N' Roses - New Zealand Dates Announced

Founder Axl Rose and former members, Slash and Duff McKagan have regrouped for one of the century’s most anticipated tours... Rolling Stone said: "This was the real thing, the thing we'd all been waiting for: the triumphant return of one of the most important bands to cross rock music history. And it happened in our lifetime.” More>>

Werewolf: Brando, Peckinpah And Billy The Kid

Gordon Campbell: Initially, One-Eyed Jacks was supposed to have been directed by Stanley Kubrick from a script by Sam Peckinpah – yet it quickly became Brando’s baby... More>>

Book Awards: ANZAC Heroes Wins Margaret Mahy Book Of The Year

“Simply stunning, with gold-standard production values,” say the judges of the winner of this year’s Margaret Mahy Book of the Year Award in the prestigious New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. ANZAC Heroes is also the winner of the Elsie Locke Award for the Best Book in the Non-Fiction category. More>>

Baby Animals: Hamilton Zoo Rhino Calf Named

Hamilton Zoo’s latest rhino calf has been named Samburu and he's being celebrated with a unique zoo experience... Samburu arrived after his mother Kito’s 16-month pregnancy and the calf brings the number of white rhinos at Hamilton Zoo to six. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Rio Olympics

Were you pretty excited earlier this week when Vietnam won its first ever Olympic gold medal? Hanoi, reportedly, went wild... Perhaps we should keep Vietnam’s golden moment in mind as we gear up for saturation media coverage of New Zealand’s medal achievements in Rio. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news