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

 


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

Maryan
STREET
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.

ENDS

Scoop copy of review: pifmohreviewdec12.pdf

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news