Parliament

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

 

Govt can't fix health with empty promises

Roger Sowry National Health Spokesperson

3 December 2001

Govt can't fix health with empty promises

The Government is dreaming if it thinks it can fix the underfunding crisis it has created in health in next year's Budget, National's Health spokesperson Roger Sowry said today.

"After spending $80 million on 'Jim's Bank', $87 million on the arts, $57 million on a Maori TV channel, and $1 billion on Air New Zealand there has been no money left for health.

"Helen Clark's claim at its weekend conference that Labour has kept to its pledge card on health is absolute rubbish.

"This Government has quite clearly left health as its lowest funding priority. Now it's scraping the barrel but there's no money there.

"The reason the health system is in such turmoil now is because the Government has underfunded health since the day it was elected. At the same time Annette King won't take any responsibility for her underfunding of district health boards and radiotherapy services.

"This Government made an empty promise of better health services if it increased taxes. It went ahead and increased taxes but not a cent of it has gone to health, instead Annette King has run the health system down while encouraging boards to run up big deficits.

"Annette King won't face her responsibility to fund health. She spends most of her time avoiding questions from the media.

"Taxpayers have already more than paid for increased funding to health through increased taxes. New Zealanders still haven't seen any of the $500 million tax grab tagged for better health and education services back in 1999," Mr Sowry said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More

 

Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>

ALSO:


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list


Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>

ALSO:


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>

ALSO:

Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?
More>>

ALSO:

CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages