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

 


Ryall needs to put own house in order

Ryall needs to put own house in order

It’s a bit rich that Health Minister Tony Ryall should be offering his congratulations to the government’s chief science advisor in his new role in leading a global attack on childhood obesity when National has no strategy to tackle obesity at home, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

Sir Peter Gluckman was today appointed co-chair of the World Health Organisation’s Commission to end Childhood Obesity.

“If this Government is looking to strut its stuff on the world stage, then it needs to get its own house in order first.

“New Zealand has the fifth highest rate of childhood obesity in the OECD, with one in nine Kiwi kids now classed as 'obese'.

“Yet we have a Government that has done little to combat it.

“Last week, in Budget 2014, after almost six years of denying we have an obesity problem Mr Ryall suddenly found $10 million a year to ‘encourage’ healthy diet and exercise initiatives in deprived and high risk areas, something he declared was ‘nanny state’ just a few short years ago.

“Another $10 million was pulled out of the hat for stomach stapling operations. Unfortunately bariatric surgery is real bottom of the cliff stuff.

“It is estimated bariatric surgery costs $2000 for every life saved, compared to $4 per year if television advertising of sugary food was reduced, for example.

"Not addressing the real drivers of poor health has put us on a path to high-cost unaffordable healthcare.

“Sir Peter has spearheaded some excellent research on obesity. It’s now up to Mr Ryall and the National government to listen to him and use that for the good of our kids.”
Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Joint Statement: Establishment Of NZ-China Strategic Partnership

At the invitation of Governor-General Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Prime Minister The Rt Hon John Key of New Zealand, President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China made a state visit to New Zealand from 19 to 21 November 2014.

During his visit, President Xi Jinping met with Governor-General Jerry Mateparae, and held talks with Prime Minister John Key. The leaders had an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of common interest. More>>

 
 

Parliament Today:

Savings Targets: Health Procurement Plan Changes Direction

Next steps in implementing DHB shared services programme Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the Government has agreed to explore a proposal put forward by DHBs to move implementation of the shared services programme to a DHB-owned vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

More on Health Policy:

Auckland Unification: 'No IT Cost Blowout' (Just More Expensive)

Following discussion of an update on Auckland Council’s Information Services Transformational Programme at today’s Finance and Performance Committee, council has released the report publicly. More>>

ALSO:

Other Expensive Things:

Gordon Campbell: On The SAS Role Against Islamic State, And Podemos

Only 25% of the US bombing runs are even managing to locate IS targets worth bombing. As the NYT explains at length, this underlines the need for better on-the-ground intelligence to direct the air campaign to where the bad guys have holed up... More>>

ALSO:

Public Service: Commission Calls For Answers On Handling Of CERA Harassment

EEO Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue is deeply concerned about the way in which the State Services Commission has handled sexual allegations made against CERA chief executive Roger Sutton this week and is calling for answers. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Victory

So Andrew Little has won the leadership – by the narrowest possible margin – from Grant Robertson, and has already been depicted by commentators as being simultaneously (a) the creature of the trade unions and (b) the most centrist of the four candidates, which would be an interesting trick to see someone try in a game of Twister. More>>

ALSO:

China President Wishlists: Greens Welcome Xi, But Human Rights Need To Be On Agenda

“President Xi has made some progress on climate change, but he must also lift the Chinese government’s game on human rights issues,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said... It is important that our Government continues to urge the Chinese government to show restraint and respect human rights in both Tibet and the Xinjiang province.” More>>

ALSO:

Airport Security Breach: CAA Fines Minister

Minister Brownlee has been issued an infringement notice and is required to pay a $2000 infringement fine for breaching Civil Aviation Rule 19.357(b), which states no person may be in an airport security area without an appropriate identity card or document. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news