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


Hospital Chaplains Are Important

Bill English

National Party Leader

11 March 2002

Hospital Chaplains are important

The Labour Government has forgotten that hospitals look after people who are suffering, says National Party Leader Bill English in response to news that hospital chaplains are facing layoffs.

"When I was Health Minister I learnt first hand the excellent work undertaken by hospital chaplains who play an incredibly important role for not only the patients but hospital staff as well.

"You are never more vulnerable than when you are sick and hospital chaplains do a really good job of meeting the emotional needs of all those involved at a very human level.

"Health and healing as everyone knows, is more than just drugs and operations, the human element is equally as important.

"Hospital chaplains are in a unique position in that they quite rightfully are seen as someone people can trust who are independent and will retain total confidentially.

"The Prime Minister needs to get her head out of international affairs and start sorting out what is going on in her own patch. When you have a Government starting to pick on people as harmless as hospital chaplains you know they are not doing the job they should.

"Health is a mess, I know it, the public knows it, so why doesn't Helen Clark and Annette King get it? It is a question that needs answering," says Mr English.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

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.

And I’m hedging with the ‘could well’ only because the Ardern government hasn’t yet spelled out whether the name change it has announced will also involve a rejection of the controversial use of Big Data to try and predict those children deemed to be at highest risk of inter-generational reliance on welfare support. More>>


Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>


Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>


RBNZ To RNZB: PM's Press Conference

Prime Minister Jacinda Adern was joined by Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and Minister for Children Tracey Martin to announce the appointment of Adrian Orr as the new Governor of the Reserve Bank and the name change of the Ministry for Vulnerable Children to ‘Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children’. More>>


'Taming Globalised Capital': Why Is Labour Supporting Investment Rules In WTO?

‘Today, we learned the new government has added New Zealand’s name to a proposal designed to lead to foreign investment rules in the WTO at this week’s ministerial meeting in Argentina,’ said Auckland University Professor Jane Kelsey. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Scaring Voters Back Into Line

Fear has always been a useful mobilising tool in politics… yet in 2017, bogeymen of all shapes and sizes seem to have fallen on hard times. For years, the National party had painted itself as being the only reliable defensive bastion against the terrifying prospect of a centre-left government… More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Drinking Water As A Failure Of Political Leadership

It is almost possible to feel sorry for the Health Ministry in their terrible, no good, very bad week... More>>





Featured InfoPages