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


Pathology services at risk

Dr Jackie Blue National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman

2 April 2006

Pathology services at risk

The current review of pathology contracts by the 21 District Health Boards could result in a worse service for New Zealanders, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Dr Jackie Blue.

"Clearly, there has been no 'big picture' overview by Health Minister Pete Hodgson and consequently the emerging picture is one of chaos," says Dr Blue.

"With 21 DHBs all doing their own thing, arriving at 21 different solutions and having no appreciation of the effect they could have on the wider sector and workforce, fragmented services and standards could result.

"Most DHBs, as a cost-cutting exercise, are looking at bringing privately run community pathology services back into their hospitals.

"This could be misguided. In Wellington, we have a DHB facing a $10 million deficit, which is considering bringing back community pathology services it has contracted to the private sector for the past 70 years.

"It is astonishing that this DHB, which clearly can't manage its own budget, now thinks it can provide a better service.

"If the DHB is successful in awarding the contract to itself, the private provider could be forced to cut 100 of its 230 staff.

"Pathologists and their technical staff are highly sought after internationally. We cannot afford to lose them.

"The protracted negotiations taking place around the country are making staff very nervous. Private laboratories that lose their contracts with DHBs will have to look seriously at continued viability. Exiting is a real possibility.

"There is no guarantee that pathology staff will stay in New Zealand, move back to the public sector or move to other parts of New Zealand to fill vacancies.

"Pete Hodgson needs to step in, show some leadership and settle the sector down immediately," says Dr Blue.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news