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

 


DHBs struggle, King under pressure

Judith Collins National Party Health Spokeswoman

2 December 2004

DHBs struggle, King under pressure

After years of ducking responsibility for her 21 dysfunctional District Health Boards, Annette King has been forced to step in and admit Auckland DHB cannot cope despite millions of dollars being poured into it, says National's Health spokeswoman, Judith Collins.

The Minister today appointed an adviser to Auckland DHB which is struggling with a $67 million deficit.

Ms Collins says it's about time Ms King took some responsibility for the failings of the health system for which she is responsible.

"Despite an almost 30% increase in the health budget between the 1999/00 and 2003/04 financial years, the number of operations performed has actually dropped by 1.8%."

In the past year: o Accident and Emergency departments have been thrown into crisis with 12 DHBs failing to meet the benchmark of seeing 80% of Triage 2 patients within 10 minutes, and 16 failing to meet the benchmark of seeing 75% of Triage 3 patients within 30 minutes. o The wait to get onto a waiting list has increased, with 16 of 21 DHBs failing to meet their targets for reassessing Active Review patients. o DHB deficits have continued to spiral out of control, increasing by $15 million in the September quarter alone.

"The Minister claims the buck stops with her but we are yet to see any evidence of that. Instead, she prefers to leave the problems to the DHB to sort out," says Ms Collins.

"The health system is plagued by problems, and it's going from bad to worse. The Government's fast-expanding bureaucratic health monster is slowing up operations and ultimately costing the lives of Kiwis who deserve better".

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

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:

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>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news