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


Risks For Mothers And Babies Totally Unacceptable

Media Release
6 November 2003

Risks For Mothers And Babies Totally Unacceptable

New Zealand First is deeply concerned at revelations today that there are only 20 GPs left delivering babies in New Zealand and that there has been an increase in the number of pregnant women and new mothers admitted to hospital with both pregnancy and post natal complications.

New Zealand First family affairs spokesperson Barbara Stewart said this situation indicates that ante-natal screening is not adequate and that time spent in hospital after giving birth may be too short in many cases.

“Prior to 1986 all expectant mothers were under the care of GPs. When changes were made by the last Labour Government the medical profession warned that there would be a drop in the standard of care and this is exactly what has happened’ said Mrs Stewart.

“The fragmented birth system is creating unnecessary risks for new mothers and babies and it warrants a more thoughtful response from the Health Ministry than “There will always be people who want things to be the way they were.”

“The facts show that the present system of managing care for pregnant women must be re-examined. Mothers and babies deserve a first world maternity system and the Government must dip into its much-vaunted surplus and find the funds to provide one,” said Mrs Stewart.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election