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


Health Restructuring Takes Blow From Own Ranks

Health Restructuring Takes Blow From Inside Government Ranks

The Government has today come under attack for its health reforms – this time from its own side – with the Alliance and a Labour MP opposing major parts of the restructuring, National Health spokesperson Wyatt Creech said today.

“The Health Select Committee has had the most extraordinary experience - hearing evidence against the reforms from the Alliance and Labour MP John Tamihere.

“The Alliance has concerns – which are shared by National - about the potential extra costs, the increased bureaucracy and the fragmentation as a result of the health restructuring. It wants the reforms slowed down.

“The Alliance warns of duplication of bureaucracy and escalating costs as a result of the District Health Boards. It is also worried about funding disparities between regions, and under-funding of public health and prevention programmes as a result of the new structure.

“It also warns that the structure diffuses the democratic intention of the Government reforms.

“But the Alliance is Government!

“And then there are Labour MP John Tamihere’s concerns. He’s made it clear today there’s a stoush going on within Labour over the Bill’s definition of Maori.

“John Tamihere has provided strongly worded evidence to the select committee against the use of the term mana whenua as representing the interests of Maori.

“The restructuring has been poorly thought through. But having the Government admitting this is extraordinary. This evidence is highly embarrassing and destructive to this massive restructuring.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Zimbabwe: New Democracy, Or A False Dawn?

Gordon Campbell: Robert Mugabe = Hosni Mubarak. The current jubilation on the streets of Harare at the fall of Zimbabwe’s dictator Robert Mugabe is genuine, and one hates to be negative about the country’s future. Yet the situation is eerily similar to the scenes in Cairo in early 2011, when a popular uprising swept Hosni Mubarak from power in Egypt. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election