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

 


$33m invested in better cancer services

$33m invested in better cancer services

Budget 2014 will deliver an additional $32.7 million over four years to further improve cancer services and provide better support for cancer patients, Health Minister Tony Ryall says.

“This includes funding for specialist psychological staff and up to 20 cancer support workers who will ensure patients diagnosed with cancer and their families receive more support and counselling,” he says.

“Every year more than 20,000 New Zealanders are diagnosed with cancer, and this number is set to increase as our population ages.

“A cancer diagnosis brings a range of anxieties, including emotional and financial strain. We know that good psychological support can make a big difference to patients and their families.

“Budget 2014 will provide the six cancer centres with a specialist psychologist to ensure the emotional needs of cancer patients are properly assessed so patients and their families receive the support they need.

“Up to 20 cancer support workers will work in major hospitals across the country to provide counselling for patients. A national lead will also be appointed to provide overall guidance and professional support.

“We have a strong track record in providing better and faster cancer treatment services, and improving the early detection of cancer.

“Within this additional funding, we are investing an extra $8 million to further reduce waiting times for colonoscopies, which can identify if a person has cancer or pre-cancerous growths called polyps that can be removed easily.

“The new spending also includes $5.4 million for breast and cervical screening programmes, to ensure more women receive high-quality screening services. This extra funding supports the Government’s continued commitment to providing better and faster cancer diagnostic and treatment services for all New Zealanders,” Mr Ryall says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news