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

 


Call to Bring in Free GP Visits Immediately

Call to Bring in Free GP Visits Immediately


Free GP visits for six to 12s – great steal, but why not now?

“It’s a Budget 2014 promise, straight out of New Zealand First policy, but the Government is making families wait more than a year, till 1 July 2015, to do it,” says New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Like much in Budget 2014 there is nothing right now, it is all coming in next year and some of it in 2020. This is the price of the so-called surplus.

“We challenge the Government to implement the free visits and prescriptions right now.

“It’s not expensive, much less than the free visits for under sixes, which New Zealand First introduced, and the cost for the increased age is just $30 million per annum.

“The Government will save that in avoiding hospital costs.

“National has pilfered the New Zealand First policy but has failed in the commitment we would give it immediately,” says Mr Peters.

“The Government is running scared in this election, and raiding other party’s policies.

“But they do say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

“We are happy for Kiwi families, many of whom will have read our policy which states: ‘we will extend New Zealand First’s initiative (1997) of free doctor’s visits and prescriptions to include all primary school children, and after hours and weekends’.

“Meanwhile the families initiative at over $500 million over four years will be all eaten up by increased immigration costs to cover the staggering net migration of 41,000 per year,” says Mr Peters.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news