Parliament

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

 

National’s child health policy a weak imitation

Hon Annette King
Minister of Health

National’s child health policy a weak imitation

15 September 2005

National’s child health policy released today, just two days before an election, is a weak imitation of policy initiatives announced by Labour last month, says Health Minister Annette King.

“Their first plank is to maintain current primary health care subsidies for children and to improve them ‘over time’. Labour adjusts these subsidies upwards every year, not ‘over time’.

“Their second plank is to ensure all children are funded to receive eight Well Child checks by 2007/08. That is an exact copy of the policy we announced on 23 August. I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Ms King says one of National’s most hollow pledges is to target more than 95 per cent of children completing their immunisations. “This pledge is from the party that wouldn’t set up a National Immunisation Register in the 1990s because they thought it was a waste of money. The only reason we will get 95 per cent is because Labour has set up the register and we are now seeing the results.”

Ms King also says National’s pledge to spend an additional $3.5 million a year supporting the Special Dental Benefits Scheme and an additional $4.5 million on the Adolescent Oral Health Service Agreement “is put in perspective when placed alongside Labour’s far-reaching plan, announced on 31 August, to spend more than $100 million over five years in capital spending alone on a major revamp of oral health services for young New Zealanders.

“Their fifth plank is to spend $2 million a year expanding Health Promoting Schools. Labour announced an expansion of more than $6 million a year in March this year with the Cancer Control Action Plan. National doesn’t even mention cancer in its health policy. That shows how serious it is about improving health.

“And finally National says the $100 million extra it is allotting on a one-off basis to high priority surgery will include some money targeted toward children. What a cynical statement. All health funding under Labour is put in on a long-term sustainable basis. National cannot do that and afford to give tax cuts as well.

“How credible can a child health policy be that is released just two days out from an election? The policy is a feeble sham, but none the less cynical for that.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Lest We Forget: ANZAC Day - WWI 100 Year Anniversary

The Governor-General, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, will represent the people of New Zealand at the 2018 Anzac Day commemorations in Gallipoli. On Anzac Day, Dame Patsy will speak at the Joint New Zealand and Australian Dawn Service in Anzac Cove, and at the New Zealand Commemorative Service at Chunuk Bair later that morning... More>>

 

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed?

Have Your Say - Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in Europe for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>

ALSO:


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages