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Yet another strategic vision

Hon Tony Ryall
National Party Health Spokesman

24 August 2006

Yet another strategic vision

National's Health spokesman, Tony Ryall, says the Government's oral health plan amounts to more 'strategic' waffle that leaves young New Zealanders' teeth to continue rotting.

"Labour's so-called 'urgent action' in oral health is actually yet another strategy plan, and will take at least three years to have any effect," says Mr Ryall.

"After seven years in government - six of which they had a dental nurse for a Health Minister - all Labour has to show is a foot-high pile of strategies and visions and reports.

"Today's announcement only adds to the foot-high pile of paper that illustrates this Government's inaction in oral health.

"Our kids' teeth are in a worse state now than at any time in recent memory. You can't fix teeth with yet another report.

"In July, the Government announced it was conducting a survey of New Zealander's teeth - now it's produced a 'strategic vision'. When will it stop counting the problem?

"Labour is too tired and arrogant to admit its total failure in this area."

ENDS

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