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


Labour’s health promises have no sign of delivery

Labour’s health promises have no sign of delivery

Despite all the rhetoric, there’s no indication that the Government is planning to make any changes to the health system, National Party Health Spokesperson Dr Jonathan Coleman says.

“The Health Minister David Clark clearly has no idea what he is doing, and certainly no concrete plans at all - nothing new is being rolled out,” Dr Coleman says.

“Despite Dr Clark’s extensive criticism before the election, DHBs have received no new instructions from him since the new Government was formed. He hasn’t made any attempt to change anything - it’s just business as usual.

“DHBs haven’t even received a funding signal which they would traditionally have been sent by the Minister by now so that they can start planning for the next financial year.

“Labour went on and on about funding before the election, but four months in, despite a mini-budget, they haven’t committed an extra cent or made any meaningful changes.

“The problem is that they now realise that they hugely over promised and raised expectations to such a level that they now need an extra $200 million dollars. As a result, they are looking to delay action and stop programmes.

“That’s why there’s no real action on mental health from Dr Clark - the Government inquiry is just him stalling for time. That’s why the bowel screening programme is delayed. It’s also why the Government is talking down expectations on nurses pay, pay equity for health workers and a host of other promises they’ve made.

“It’s clear that the Minister doesn’t know what to do with his portfolio, has no plans and little money. He’s out of his depth.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

HiveMind: Fair Enough? How Should New Zealanders Be Taxed? - Have Your Say

Scoop and PEP invite you to share your issues, ideas and perspectives on the NZ tax system with other New Zealanders using Scoop’s HiveMind tool. This Tax HiveMind is intended to complement and feed into the review being run by the Government-appointed Tax Working Group (TWG), which is looking at the fairness, balance and structure of the tax system with a 10-year time horizon.

We at Scoop and PEP believe that an issue as important as the fairness of the tax regime should be open for discussion, debate and dialogue. Unfortunately, a written submission process just doesn’t encourage the kind of public exchange we think is necessary in a well-functioning democracy. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Thompson + Clark & Russia’s World Cup

Daily, the coalition government keeps running into examples of the toxic legacy left behind by National – and just as regularly, even the simple fixes are proving stubbornly difficult to enact. Take the case of the security firm Thompson + Clark ... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The GCSB’s Security Hang-Up With Russia

So our GCSB has chimed in, alongside its British, Australian and US allies, with warnings about a “fresh wave” of Russian cyber attacks, although the warning has been curiously framed. More>>


PM's Europe Trip: CHOGM & Bilateral Meetings

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is in urope for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London and meetings with counterparts in Paris and Berlin. More>>


Hit And Run: AG Gives Approval For Inquiry

Attorney-General David Parker has today announced a Government Inquiry will be held into Operation Burnham and related events. The operation undertaken in Tirgiran Valley, Afghanistan, ... More>>


Addressing Climate Change: No New Offshore Exploration Permits

The Coalition Government is taking an important step to address climate change and create a clean, green and sustainable future for New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today. More>>


Road Safety Summit: Actions To Improve Identified

The Local Government Road Safety Summit held last week identified actions that will lead to lasting changes to road safety in New Zealand, says Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter. More>>





Featured InfoPages