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Health System Dropping From Average To Poor

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20 April 2006

Health System Dropping From Average To Poor

Advice to patients with serious skin cancers that they now need to have bigger and worse tumours before they are eligible for treatment is yet another indicator that our public health system standards are plummeting, says New Zealand First’s health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.

“The widening gap between public expectations and the system’s ability to deliver is demonstrated with alarming regularity by reports of conditions which cannot be treated with the urgency they deserve.

“This has prompted a call for health officials to be honest about the system’s limitations and supports New Zealand First’s belief that it is time for a realistic evaluation of what the public health system can deliver, and exactly what the public ought to expect from it.

“Industrial action by disillusioned health personnel will do nothing to improve the situation.

“It is time for the Government to front up and tell us exactly how it plans to bridge the fast growing gap between capacity and the public's expectations before our already average health system is reclassified “poor”,” said Mrs Stewart.


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