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

 


Heart patients at risk - inquiry needed


Heart patients at risk - inquiry needed

National says reports Otago and Southland lives are at risk because of a ballooning heart surgery waiting list are further proof that an inquiry is needed into heart patient waiting lists and deaths.

A Dunedin cardiac surgeon is reported as saying that southern lives are at risk because of a ballooning waiting list for heart surgery at Dunedin.

National Health Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott has already called for an inquiry into patient deaths at Wellington, where eight patients died in three years.

"The inquiry should find ways to reduce waiting lists dramatically and prevent deaths occurring in Otago and Southland where waiting lists have blown out beyond safe practice and elsewhere.

"I want a guarantee that all patients get surgery with six months - patients don't care whether it is a public or private hospital.

"I want a national register of heart patients detailing deaths of patients on waiting lists and how long they waited for surgery, and I am calling for patients and their families affected by long waits for heart surgery to come forward and tell their stories.

"The Government has rejected my call for an inquiry into why it is taking so long for heart patients to get surgery, and what we can do to prevent them dying on waiting lists.

"I ask the Health Minister to give us the openness, honesty and transparency she promised before Labour came to Government so that we can give patients their quality of life back and save lives.

"This is a very serious issue where people's lives are at risk and the Minster must act," Dr Scott 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news