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


Impact of aging population in Ryall’s ‘too hard’ basket

Health Spokesperson

15 January 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT
Impact of aging population in Ryall’s ‘too hard’ basket
The government is refusing to face up to what officials are describing as “critical” and one of the most challenging issues facing the health sector – the impact of New Zealand’s ageing population, Labour’s Health spokesperson Maryan Street says.

“A damning review of the Ministry of Health’s performance – put together by a team from the State Services Commission, Treasury and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet - notes that while the Ministry has acknowledged the impact the rising tide of older Kiwis will have on the health system there is a gaping chasm when it comes to policy and planning.

"It is clear from the assessment of the Ministry’s efforts that it has no strategic direction, no policy and no work plan when it comes to addressing the urgent matter of our ageing population. The last work done in this area happened in 2008, when Labour was in government.

"What has Tony Ryall been doing for four years? Every practitioner I talk to knows that there is no serious work being done on preparing New Zealand and New Zealanders for the onset of old age and for the increase in numbers of over-65s. This is a challenging area and an issue the PIF report says the Ministry clearly has no ownership of.

"Tony Ryall is reflecting his leader's head in the sand approach to tackling the real problems. Just as John Key won't face up to the issue of superannuation, Tony Ryall won't face up to those facing the health sector as a consequence of an ‘older New Zealand’.

“This is going to hurt future generations, who will not only be paying for the care of this generation’s baby boomers, but for their own care as well.

“The Government cannot keep pushing this issue aside – dealing with it must start now," Maryan Street said.


Scoop copy of review: pifmohreviewdec12.pdf

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news