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


Wait-emata: heart patients turned away

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

1 June 2006

Wait-emata: heart patients turned away

Patients suffering chest pains and blackouts are no longer being seen by Waitemata DHB as the squeeze on elective surgery tightens, says National’s Health spokesman, Tony Ryall.

Documents released to National under the Official Information Act show that Waitemata DHB is routinely refusing to see patients deemed sick enough to have an operation, and is culling patients regardless of their priority for surgery.

The documents were sent to the Health Ministry by Waitemata's CEO Dwayne Crombie in response to the Government's edict to cull hospital waiting lists. That edict demanded that DHBs cull their waiting lists or suffer a financial penalty.

"It's getting harder and harder to get seen by a specialist or to get surgery at hospitals all over the country,” says Mr Ryall.

“Waitemata is telling the Government they are ‘respond[ing] by raising thresholds’. This means patients have to be sicker to be seen.

"It's now so bad that heart patients are being ignored and sent back to their GP. Women with mild incontinence are being turned away as well.”

The papers also show:

- Cardiologists are concerned about turning away some patients.

- Patients are culled regardless of priority if they have waited more than 12 months.

- Insufficient analysis of waiting list loads.

- A third operating theatre that would relieve pressure cannot proceed because of budget constraints.

"Waitemata's CEO is today reported as saying that the only way Waitemata survives ‘is because more of our people go private’.

"The harsh reality is that Labour's waiting list cull is forcing patients into paying for their own operations. When you can't even get hospital care after suffering chest pains and blackouts, that's a very worrying day for our public health system.

“National says the electives crisis could be solved with smarter use of the private sector, greater involvement of specialists and doctors, cuts to the half a billion dollar bureaucrat wage bill, and a focus on value for money,” says Mr Ryall.


See... Link - OIA Papers (PDF)

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


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>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news