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


Health crisis hits Opotiki

Dr Lynda Scott MP National Party Health Spokeswoman

21 August 2003

Health crisis hits Opotiki

The Government must act with urgency to address the serious safety concerns of more than 9,500 people in the Opotiki community.

"The situation has deteriorated to the point that there is no longer any after-hours GP cover and nurses are being forced to run the local hospital," says National Party Health spokeswoman Lynda Scott.

The newly formed Opotiki Health Services Action Group is holding a public meeting at the Opotiki District Council tonight where residents hope to share their concerns.

"It's become an issue of public safety, with people having to travel between one and three hundred kilometres for treatment - I understand there have already been some very close calls," says Dr Scott.

"The District Health Board and PHOs are failing in their duty of care.

"Nurses have been voicing private concerns that they're being expected to work outside their capacity and they're being put in compromising situations.

"When hardworking nurses start raising the alarm, something's going very wrong.

"They're worried they'll be in the firing line because they're being forced into making life and death decisions that they're not qualified to make," says Dr Scott.

"And when the volunteer ambulance is busy, there is no help.

"When the Government opened a new hospital in the community during 1999, residents were promised 24 hour doctor care would continue.

"That service now stops at 5pm every night," Dr Scott says.

"Health officials must start listening to this community's concerns, the District Health Board has a duty to make sure Opotiki patients aren't exposed to continuing risk.

"From the nightmare stories now surfacing in the area, it's clear their fears deserve urgent attention," Dr Scott says.


© 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