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


Patients To Suffer Under Labour Bribe

Patients To Suffer Under Labour Bribe

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy today accused the Labour Government of re-packaging yet another pre-election voter bribe, this time with a big sell of accelerating its primary healthcare PHO roll out.

"Health Minister Annette King says that she underestimated people's enthusiasm to join PHOs, but the real story is that doctors have been forced into a corner - if they don't join a PHO, their patients will miss out on cheaper healthcare," Mrs Roy said.

"The real cost of this move will be the continuing growth of hospital waiting lists. Priority injections into the primary sector mean that hospitals' funding is suffering. Between 30,000-40,000 people have already been knocked off waiting lists, and this number will only grow while Labour neglects hospitals at the expense of pursuing cheaper doctor visits.

"The Government is yet to produce any evidence that cheaper primary healthcare has led to more people visiting General Practitioners and better health outcome. Cost is only one of many factors preventing people from going to their family doctor

"Labour's initiatives completely ignore the real problems in General Practice: that of severe shortages of GPs - not only in the rural areas but, also, in the cities. The introduction of PHOs has reduced choice for patients, and has failed to stem the rising tide of doctors no longer considering General Practice as a viable career option.

"It is no coincidence that we are seeing election year initiatives with doctor visits alongside election year funding for asset testing and increased family support. While Labour trails National, we can expect to see more vote buying, and more spin.

"Thanks to this Government, doctors will continue to move away from General Practice, and things will only get worse for patients," Mrs Roy said.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election