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

 


Action, Not Reports, Needed At CCDHB

Action, Not Reports, Needed At CCDHB

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today labelled the confidential health report into Capital & Coast DHB leaked to the 'Dominion Post' little more than bureaucratic rhetoric, and said that it was a document clearly written by managers for managers.

"This report is clearly designed to appeal to management: nowhere in the document is there any talk of attacking the systemic failures at CCDHB and Wellington Hospital that managers and the Board are responsible for," Mrs Roy said.

"Instead, the report looks at the option of cutting doctor numbers from the ailing public health service - a suggestion that can only be described as cutting muscle and ignoring the fat; getting rid of those who do the work and leaving those who are, quite simply, excess to requirements.

"It is the doctors, nurses and other health professionals at the coalface who have held things together at CCDHB. They work extraordinarily hard, are over-worked in many cases, and to attack them in this way is unfair and futile. Safe patient care will be put further at risk by such a move.

"In true Government bureaucrat style, this report has cost a rumoured $250,000 to produce - money that would have been better spent on performing nine coronary bypasses, 16 hip replacements or 83 cataract operations.

"Rather than allowing precious health dollars to be wasted on useless reports, Health Minister David Cunliffe and his Labour-led Government should appoint an independent commissioner to resolve the terminal crisis at CCDHB and ensure that Wellingtonians can access the quality healthcare they deserve.

"This commissioner would have a proven record of turning organisations around, be able to think outside the square, form their own team, and remain free of the damaging political meddling that has become endemic in the public health service.

"Capital & Coast is a DHB in serious crisis, and Wellingtonians are dying. Cutting the health professionals at the coalface - those who actually save lives - is not the answer. The time for 'do-nothing' reports is over: it's time to cut the fat," Mrs Roy said.

ENDS

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news