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

 


Turia furious at attacks on Maori health providers

25 July 2003 Media Statement

Turia ‘furious’ at attacks on Maori health providers


Associate Health Minister Tariana Turia has strongly defended Maori health providers, saying the history of Maori health has shown that whanau, hapu and iwi have a greater chance of achieving successful outcomes than others.

“Maori providers received less than two percent of the total health budget in 2000-2001.

“On this amount, Maori providers are making a difference to health at a local level, with innovative programmes to increase immunisation, reduce smoking, promote healthy lifestyles, and provide services to rural and disadvantaged communities.

“Two days ago, the Health Ministry released a major report showing that Maori-provided smoking cessation programmes achieved good results against the odds. What coverage did that get in the media?

“Instead, news reports have sensationalised allegations of individual wrong-doing, when whanau who provide Maori health services are doing the very thing they have been challenged to do. And they are doing it with some success, on limited budgets,” said Mrs Turia.

“These attacks on Maori providers make me furious. The media should be much more concerned about the billions of dollars spent in past years which have not shown any appreciable improvement in Maori health outcomes. Neither the budgets nor the services were controlled by tangata whenua.

“Maori providers have increased ten-fold over the past ten years because regular monitoring and auditing of funding contracts and providers have shown they have met targets and been successful. If there has been any mismanagement, there are mechanisms for dealing with that, and they have been used,” she said.

“Maori providers take a whanau-based approach, which looks at all the factors contributing to poor health in the whanau, including housing, employment, education and so on. Their success lies in getting the whole whanau involved.

“This can lead to allegations of nepotism and ‘jobs for the whanau’. But if a whanau-based approach works better than conventional services, what is the problem?

“Many whanau members who train and qualify in health professions could earn far more in the private sector or mainstream services, but they come back to work for their people. I want to acknowledge their commitment and contribution.

“Our people are damned if they take responsibility, and damned if they don’t. The critics should look at outcomes, not processes.

“Allegations in the media, and attacks by opposition politicians, suggest the clients of Maori health providers are not getting effective care, and taxpayers’ money is being wasted.

“The fact is that mortality and health disparities began to widen ten years before Maori providers came to the rescue. It is mainstream health providers, who get over 98 percent of the $7.4 billion health funding, who should have to answer to Maori for the poor health of our people,” said Mrs Turia.

“Last week Dr Lynda Scott of the National Party said Maori health providers should have to account for the health outcomes they achieved with government funding. Presumably she thinks GPs should have to account for the outcomes they achieve for Maori with the GMS benefit, and the same for all other health services. Dr Scott’s own practice might be a good place to start.

“I can tell you, Maori providers would welcome such comparisons of value for money!” said Mrs Turia.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Corrections Corrected: Supreme Court Rules On Release Dates

Corrections has always followed the lawful rulings of the Court in its calculation of sentence release dates. On four previous occasions, the Court of Appeal had upheld Corrections’ practices in calculating pre-sentence detention. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news