Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Patients Deserve A Guaranteed Operation

Tuesday 11th Jul 2000
Ken Shirley
Media Release -- Health

The current nursing and doctor shortage in New Zealand hospitals is putting patients at risk and placing remaining staff under undue pressure – when it is completely unnecessary if the Health Minister was prepared to fully utilise access to both public and private hospitals.” said ACT Health spokesperson, the Hon Ken Shirley.

“The money is there to pay for the operations and the capacity is available within the overall health sector. The tragedy is that patients are being denied access to existing services because of this Government’s inflexible ideology” said Mr Shirley

“In Wellington alone the private sector has the capacity to perform 100 routine heart operations a year and at 10% less cost than the public sector. This government must give patients who have been left languishing on waiting lists certainty, and it is no excuse to blame the nursing shortage in our public hospitals. It is also interesting to note that nurses generally get paid more in our private hospitals”.

The latest WHO report found that a major failing of health ministries is their preoccupation on the public sector, and failure to fully utilise the private sector.

Cutting waiting lists was one of this governments credit card promises. So far under this government the number of people waiting six months or more is getting worse and some patients have had their surgery re-scheduled half a dozen times. This is both costly and wasteful” .

“I urge Annette King to reconsider the use of private health services so that patients are not left suffering indefinitely.” concluded Ken Shirley.

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


'Public Safety': Next Firearms Reform Plan Announced

The next Arms Amendment Bill will:

• Establish a register of firearms and licence holders to be rolled out over 5 years
• Tighten the rules to get and keep a firearms licence
• Tighten the rules for gun dealers to get and keep a licence
• Require licences to be renewed every five years
• Introduce a new system of warning flags so Police can intervene and seek improvement if they have concerns about a licence holder’s behaviour
• Prohibit visitors to New Zealand from buying a gun... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Being Australia's Pacific Go-Fers

Inevitably, there was an aspect of ‘what might have been’ about the weekend’s meeting in Canberra between PM Jacinda Ardern and her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison... More>>

ALSO:

RNZ: Trades Hall Bombing Case Re-Opened, Evidence Released

The cold case has been reopened and the police have recently revealed more details about the bomb's components - including that it was wrapped in a 1977 edition of The Evening Post. More>>

Safety: Govt Targets Fewer Deaths On The Road

“Most roads deaths and serious injuries are preventable and too many New Zealanders have lost their lives or been seriously injured in crashes that could have been prevented by road safety upgrades,” said Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Rise Delay: Teachers Unions Plan Legal Action Against Novopay

Both of the teachers unions - NZEI and the PPTA - have confirmed they will be taking legal action against Novopay. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What’s Wrong With Wellington

For many Wellingtonians, it hasn’t been the normal hardships – the workings of central government and the lousy weather – that have recently pushed their tolerance into the red zone. It has been the inability of local government to maintain even the basics. More>>

ALSO:

Emission Statement: 'Consensus Reached' On Agriculture

Today the Government launched a consultation document, informed by the work of the Interim Climate Change Committee (ICCC), on how to bring agriculture into the emissions trading scheme, a key part of the Government’s plan to tackle climate change and reduce New Zealand’s emissions. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels