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

 


Ryall: Major gaps in pandemic planning

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

23 November 2005


Ryall: Major gaps in pandemic planning

There are increasingly obvious gaps in New Zealand’s planning for a pandemic, says National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

“The biggest gap is getting medical care to those people being looked after at home,” says Mr Ryall.

“A pandemic could see hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders isolated on their sickbeds. The pandemic plan says most sick people should be cared for at home. But there’s no plan on how to get them medical care.

“It’s vital that primary medical care is properly organised and available for these thousands of people. For example, many people will need antibiotics for secondary infections like pneumonia.

“It’s going to require a huge workforce, yet the Minister of Health is completely unaware of how authorities will treat people at home.

“We need a systematic approach, not good luck and a few volunteers.

“National is also concerned that the first co-ordinated whole-of-government rehearsal of bird flu pandemic plans is scheduled for late 2007! That’s almost two years away. It is too long to wait to see if the plans work.

“We also confirmed today that the Ministry of Health has not begun increasing national supplies of antibiotics and essential personal medicines such as insulin. If the borders are closed for some weeks then ordinary New Zealanders need to know that their medications will still be available.

“One of the lessons of the 1918 pandemic was that well-organised areas suffered fewer tragedies than those that were unprepared.

“It’s important these gaps are remedied and that’s why a multi-party approach is needed,” says Mr Ryall.

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