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

 


Survey supports National’s view

Paul Hutchison MP
National Party Health Spokesman
29 August 2005

Survey supports National’s view

National Party Health spokesman Paul Hutchison says a UMR survey of public opinion showing most New Zealanders want an independent review of Pharmac indicates the depth of concern about the Government’s medicines buying agency.

He is commenting on a UMR survey of public attitudes towards Pharmac which was released today.

“Under a National Government there will be an independent review of Pharmac. There are widespread concerns that Pharmac’s preoccupation with keeping costs down is increasing the number of people having to receive more expensive medical or surgical treatment later on,” says Dr Hutchison.

“This is false economy. Pharmac has served New Zealand well in keeping costs down, but there is growing concern that their purchasing focus is too narrow and many people don’t have the same choice or access to medicines that our Australian counterparts have.

“The decision last year to remove a sustained release morphine sulphate from the market left terminally ill cancer patients in great pain, unable to access the pain killing drug they found suited them best. The decision was callous and later reversed. Patients should not have to spend their last days adjusting to a different drug.

“The fiasco over flu vaccine earlier this year was the result of arrogance. Drug companies warned of the dangers of supply tender processes and New Zealanders were the losers. Health Minister Annette King failed to grasp this important issue, or take responsibility.

“While the cost of medicines must be controlled, it is vital that the health system makes rational decisions in the national interest, taking a whole of health sector approach. What we have is an agency too concerned with driving down the costs of medicines, with less regard for the implications for other parts of the health system,” says Dr Hutchison.


ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news