Parliament

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

 

Strike shows Govt ignoring cancer problems

Roger Sowry National Health Spokesperson

16 November 2001

Strike shows Govt ignoring cancer problems

Today's vote by radiation therapists to strike is no surprise and shows how far the Health Minister is prepared to go to avoid addressing the problems in cancer treatment, National's Health spokesperson Roger Sowry said today.

"Radiation therapists don't want to leave their patients waiting for treatment in what is already a desperate situation of growing waiting times and queues, but they have no choice.

"The Government has decided it would rather plough $80 million into an unnecessary and unpopular bank than address problems in cancer treatment. This is about whether you want a branch of the Kiwibank in your main street or radiation treatment that will save or extend New Zealanders' lives.

"If you extend the radiation therapists pay claim to all six centres it would cost an estimated $1 million, a mere 1.25% of the cost that the Government is putting into Jim Anderton's bank.

"In her two years as Minister, Annette King has done nothing to address radiation therapists' pay. She should step in and address the issue immediately.

"The therapists we have are leaving the country in droves because the Minister is not resourcing the area properly and is screwing down their pay.

"Annette King claims to have created more training places for therapists, but we'll never keep them here because they can get much better pay overseas.

"Today we heard that 13 palliative cancer patients have died in Wellington in the four months to September while awaiting treatment, but again the Minister wouldn't front to the media on the issue. She can run but she can't hide from her responsibility," Mr Sowry said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election