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Dollars Ahead Of Health - Paraone

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4 July 2003

Dollars Ahead Of Health - Paraone

New Zealand First Health spokesperson Pita Paraone today slammed the government for putting too much pressure on District Health Boards to balance the books.

“The situation in Middlemore Hospital where two operating theatres have not been used since being opened in 2001, thereby denying the public of the health services they so desperately require, is an insane situation for which those responsible should feel total shame,” Mr Paraone said.

“I find it incomprehensible that these highly paid bureaucrats are demonstrating such a high level of incompetence in basic hospital administration and staffing. It indicates the pressures put on District Health Boards to manage the balance sheet at the expense of the patients, which is total madness,” said Mr Paraone.

“There are patients in desparate need of operations who are being told that they have to wait until beds become available. How are they going to feel when they discover that the beds are there, but the books have to be balanced as the first priority?

I call on the Minister to fix this ridiculous situation immediately and to demand some accountability from those responsible for having failed the public in such a blatant manner,” concluded Mr Paraone.


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