Parliament

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

 

North Shore Hospital Concerns Continue


North Shore Hospital Concerns Continue

The bad news about North Shore Hospital just keeps coming. Now, Carol Wilson, the manager of North Shore Emergency Department has gone public about the overcrowding that is occurring in the summer months. She said, “My God, what’s winter going to be like?”

Mrs Wilson’s statements come on top of an open letter signed by 13 senior doctors which specifically said the problems related to poor planning for growth.

Predictable crisis
The current crisis was perfectly predictable. The population has been growing at expected rates. Medical technology moves ahead at expected rates. So why wasn’t the planning done? Why has the Waitemata District Health Board failed to build the second tower at North Shore Hospital when it was needed?
Labour’s appointee, Chair of the Waitemata District Health Board, Kay McKelvie, reiterated the commitment to opening 68 new hospital beds by September, and longer term plans for 50 more North Shore Hospital beds by 2010, more intensive care beds and 212 beds in the new tower block by 2013. It’s all a bit late. The problems were predictable years ago.
Lack of adequate planning
If everything had been properly planned we would not be seeing the crisis now, a crisis which is so bad that the Health and Disability Commissioner has launched an Inquiry into the Hospital. Since the announcement of that Inquiry, I have received numerous complaints about the quality of care received at North Shore Hospital.

Cunliffe’s pretence
This whole problem is ultimately sheeted back to the government. They provide the funding to the District Health Boards. They appoint the Chairs of the Boards. They have employed thousands of bureaucrats in the Ministry of Health to provide oversight of the Boards.

After eight years in office, it’s time the government took responsibility for its actions or, more accurately, its inaction. The government’s failure to plan over the years has led to the problem.

Government ideology fails people
A complete lack of foresight by Labour has led to this crisis. They have been negligent in their workforce planning. And as winter approaches this situation can only get worse. It is a symptom of Labour’s focus on bureaucracy instead of delivering service to patients. David Cunliffe should explain why, after the extra $5 billion a year Labour is spending on health, patients are not receiving better treatment sooner.

JOHN KEY ON FACEBOOK

John Key has launched a special Facebook page to open up yet another channel of communication.

The page is a place where you can register as a supporter of our campaign to take back the Government, and leave public messages of encouragement as we move toward that goal.

There is a lot on the page already. You'll find special feeds of news stories, the latest videos, photographs from Flickr photostream and more.

As time goes on, content will be added to the page to make it easier for you to keep up with our progress and to share your thoughts.

Please note you do not have to be a member of Facebook to view the page or use most of its features.
7 March 2008


EVENTS

COCKTAIL EVENING

Thursday 27 March 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Jonmer Boardroom

Guest Speaker - Judy Kirk (President of the NZ National Party)

Call 486 0005 for more information.


PUBLIC MEETING – HEALTH CRISIS

Monday 21 April
7.30pm – 10.00pm

Guest Speaker – Hon Tony Ryall (National’s Health Spokesman)

Call 486 0005 for more information.


SUPERBLUES LUNCH

Monday 5 May
12.30pm – 2.00pm

Guest Speaker – Dr Jackie Blue (National’s Women’s Affairs Spokeswoman)

Taitamariki Guide Hall, Auburn Street, Takapuna


Dr Wayne Mapp
For more information on National visit www.national.org.nz or have a say at www.johnkey.co.nz

Visit my website for more information at: www.waynemapp.co.nz

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election