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


Junior Doctors And Hospitals Settle Dispute

Health Minister Annette King says she is very pleased that junior doctors have reached a settlement with so many of the country's Hospital and Health Services (HHSs).

"I have not been given the details, but I feel sure the agreement has been reached in good faith between the parties and is a fair settlement.

"I understand a few HHSs have still to reach a settlement, and I hope they do so soon."

Mrs King congratulated the parties on the good faith they had shown in resolving the dispute. "This has been a long-standing issue, and the settlement proves the new industrial relations environment works in a way the old style of confrontation was unable to work.

"I hope the agreement will help in the recruitment and retention of our junior doctors, and help us provide the quality of health services New Zealanders deserve.

"I recognise there are many long-term issues in terms of having sufficient numbers of skilled professionals in the New Zealand health workforce. The difference now is that this Government is committed to dealing with the long-term issues. I am sure that health professionals, including junior doctors, understand the sincerity of this commitment."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>


BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>


Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>


State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>





Featured InfoPages