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Patients Sick Of Politicking

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2 May 2006

Patients Sick Of Politicking

"Patients currently being referred back to overworked GPs are unlikely to feel better as a result of the Health Minister's reassurances that delays in treatment are a figment of the National Party's imagination plot," says New Zealand First’s health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.

"Neither will the National Party’s campaign of doom and gloom lead to more operations or better treatment. National had its opportunity to improve the health system and didn’t make a spectacular success of it. They are currently claiming the moral high ground from a very low position.

"The assurances we seek are that unnecessary duplication and administrative waste in the health system are being eliminated, and that the recruitment issues in public health are being overcome," said Mrs Stewart.

"Getting the greatest amount of health and disability support from our health spending is critical as not all problems can be solved by extra spending. It is time to set aside petty politicking and mount a non-partisan campaign for improved health productivity.

"If the effort that is going into political point scoring was applied to improving health outcomes we would all be better off," said Mrs Stewart.


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