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

 


Injury prevention in National’s line of fire

Injury prevention in National’s line of fire

Health and safety training is just the latest casualty of National’s war on injury prevention programmes, says Labour’s ACC Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway.
“As soon as it became the Government, National started axing prevention programmes. It began in 2009 when proven programmes to prevent elderly people having falls were scrapped.

“That was despite a review of ACC’s 2008/09 investment in injury prevention which showed intervention programmes were good value for money. For every $1 invested, at least $1.12 and up to $1.23 was saved.

“Since 2008/09, funding for these high-value prevention programmes has fallen from $39.5 million to $22.4 million, a 43 per cent cut.

“This is typical of National Party governments that are only focussed on short-term cost cutting, not on long term strategies to reduce the burden of injury and disease.

“At the same time as it is cutting back on prevention, ACC is refusing to accept more claims, kicking more people off compensation and denying home help support to more of its clients.

“The agency is one of New Zealand’s greatest assets, yet it has become callous under National and Kiwis are losing faith in it.

“When Labour is re-elected, we will work to restore confidence in ACC. It is a world-leading organisation, but only when it is allowed to properly carry out its function to prevent, treat and support recovery from injuries.

2008/09
2012/13
Reduction
Total prevention spend
$39.5 m
$22.4 m
43%
Motor vehicle account
$7.1 m
$5 m
30%
Earners’ account
$6.1 m
$4.3 m
29%
Work account
$16.6 m
$9.7 m
42%
Treatment injury account
$652
$0
100%

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Bullish On China Shopping: Trade Minister On Premier's Visit

Q+A: Trade Minister Todd McClay – not ruling out a conversation around Chinese workers coming to New Zealand to work on infrastructure projects as part of trade talks:

‘Yeah, well, that’s not something that’s on the table at the moment, but, look, what we’ve agreed as part of the, you know, when we start the upgrade negotiation, both sides can raise issues that are of importance to them. We’ve got a list of things we want to talk about. China may well have.’ More>>

 

Little Heading For Court: Apology Over Donation/Hotel Contract Claims Not Accepted

Today I want to publicly apologise unreservedly to Mr Hagaman for any hurt, embarrassment or adverse reflection on his reputation which may have resulted from my various media statements. I have offered that apology to the Hagamans. More>>

ALSO:

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

OutsKey: John Key's Valedictory Speech

I rise to address this House for the very last time. It has been a huge privilege to have served the people of Helensville as their member of Parliament, and, of course, the people of New Zealand as their Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news