State Bosses Get Hefty Rises While Health Clinics Struggle
Barbara Stewart MP
Spokesperson for Health
20 September 2013
State Bosses Get Hefty Pay Rises While Health Clinics Struggle
It is disgusting that state sector bosses are getting huge pay rises while low cost health clinics are threatened with closure, says New Zealand First Health spokesperson Barbara Stewart.
Reports say that some state sector chief executives are receiving pay hikes between $40,000 and $50,000 dollars a year.
Mrs Stewart says it’s obscene to keep increasing the pay of people at the top of the heap while the system they are supposed to be protecting is savaged by cost cutting.
“Access to health care is a basic right in this country and the Government is failing in its duty when clinics that cater for low income families are threatened with closure through lack of funds.
“The numbers don’t add up when people who cannot access health care often end up in hospital resulting in a far greater cost in the long run.
“New Zealanders should be up in arms about this callous disregard for people by politicians and chief executives who have forgotten simple words like duty and public service.
“If top people are doing a good job they are entitled to a fair wage but they should never forget who pays their salary or those people who are unable to defend themselves against a cold hearted Government,” says Mrs Stewart.