Parliament

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

 

Medical professionals speak out in desperation


Medical professionals speak out in desperation

Minister of Health Annette King must answer the concerns of medical professionals concerned about cuts to health services which mean patients are being bumped off waiting lists and left to wait for treatment in pain, National says.

"I agree with the Orthopaedic Association and the New Zealand Medical Association and their concerns that cuts to health services mean patients in need are missing out.

"In Otago and Southland the waiting list for heart surgery has ballooned to 140. In Otago hip joint replacements are down 37% because of a budget cut, and in Canterbury surgeons are only meeting half the demand of hip replacements.

"It is a false economy to have large waiting lists to orthopaedic surgery. If patients have to wait longer than six months their treatment is more expensive to the district health board in the end.

"People cannot get access to health services like this because money is going in the wrong direction in health. The new structure of district health boards is soaking up health funding on administration and management costs instead of putting it into services as 21 DHBs duplicate services and administration.

"This is forcing boards to take extreme measures to raise money for health services with the Counties Manukau board proposing bringing in parking charges to pay towards clearing its large elective surgery waiting list.

"It is ridiculous for boards to have to go to these lengths to raise money for essential services, and this confirms that the Minister's doing nothing to prevent our health system now treating patients as second class citizens, especially older people who it sees as expendable," Dr Scott said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election