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


Call for DHBs to administer Herceptin

Dr Jackie Blue
National Party Associate Health Spokeswoman

5 April 2006

Call for DHBs to administer Herceptin

The Labour Government must allow women who are paying for Herceptin to have the drug administered in their local public hospital, says National Party Associate Health spokeswoman Dr Jackie Blue.

"All Health Minister Pete Hodgson has to do is say the word and these women can save thousands by having Herceptin administered at their local hospital.

”The basic cost of the drug is $70,000 for 12 months, but added to this is the cost to have it administered and monitored in private, which can be as much as $50,000 extra.

"Now that Herceptin has been approved for use in early breast cancer, I have written to the Health Minister to look at an interim measure of allowing women who are paying for Herceptin privately to have it administered in public hospitals until funding is approved later in the year.

“This would be of tremendous financial help to these women, who are struggling to raise money for their treatment. But it seems that DHB policy may not allow this.”

Dr Blue says she is concerned that the biggest hurdle to funding Herceptin will be getting agreement from DHB chiefs to find the money in their limited cancer budgets.

”In Parliament’s health select committee today, Ministry of Health officials indicated that to fund Herceptin they would have to look at ‘prioritisation’.

“What this really means is that patient groups will be pitted against each other for drug funding. That is the last thing we need.

“The Government needs to step in and ensure there is enough money in the cancer drug budget to avoid this situation,” says Dr Blue.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news