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


Fourth Health Board Forced To Make Cuts

22 March 2002

The Otago District Health Board is the fourth health board in a week to go public saying that they are considering health cuts because of underfunding, National's Health Spokesperson Roger Sowry said today.

It is reported today that the Otago Board can't rule out having to reduce some services, including the number of operations it performs.

Last week the Southland, Auckland and Waitemata boards indicated they were considering making cuts to services.

"When I asked Health Minister Annette King about this in Parliament this week she fudged the answer. Her talk about increased health funding is simply not true when boards are not being funded enough to even keep up with inflation, rising costs and increased due to demand.

"Ánnette King continues to claim that there will be no cuts in health services but she is failing to see the health board and media reports all around her which indicate that the wheels are falling off district health board services.

"Otago is already struggling to provide services. This week's elective services statistics show the number of Otago patients waiting greater than 18 months for first specialist assessment increased from zero in the first quarter of 2000-01 to 219 in the first quarter of the current year.

"The number of patients waiting more than 6 months for treatment increased from 225 in the fourth quarter of 2000-01, to 344 in the first quarter of 2001-02. The number waiting more than 2 years increased from zero to 49 in the past year.

"Boards like Otago have nowhere to go but to cut services and that's why they are asking staff to identify savings. The Minister must take responsibility instead of avoiding questions in Parliament and dodging talking to the media," Mr Sowry said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news