Parliament

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

 

Govt should show action on mental health inquiry

Matt Doocey - Mental Health

4 December 2018

Now the report of the inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction has been released the Government needs to prioritise the sector and provide increased support for the mental health of New Zealanders, National’s spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

“The inquiry recommends a cross-government approach to mental health, increases in access and a focus on more prevention and early intervention. These were all provided for in our $100 million fund which should have been supporting New Zealanders’ mental health for almost a year.

“Unfortunately, our initiatives which included e-therapy, telehealth, increased mental health provision in schools, and a co-response pilot to improve the response to mental health incidents were scrapped by this Government whose report now supports them.

“The report also recommends a cross-party working group on mental health. Yet when National reached out to create a cross-party working group on mental health earlier this year the opportunity was rejected by all Government parties.

“Given that a number of the recommendations follow the approach National was taking, the previous comments by the Health Minister that he will accept all recommendations in the report are welcomed.

“The Government has set back progress by at least a year and a half, and in the meantime, the mental health of New Zealanders is getting worse, not better. After an entire year, this report is finally done. Now is the time for the Health Minister to take some action.

“We don’t think that New Zealanders should have to wait till March next year to hear about the Government’s response to this report – one which would take a further six months to fund and implement.

“With the Government periodically doling out a $3 billion regional slush fund surely it can prioritise funding to support the mental health of New Zealanders now.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Whether Trump Is Likely To Be Impeached

'Tis the season to be jolly, and for wrapping a plea bargain under the Christmas tree for all ye formerly merry, Trump-connected gentlemen.

Reportedly, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn have all been co-operating with the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Flynn has done 19 interviews so far. So what chance has the Trump presidency got of surviving, all things considered? More>>

 
 

Dealing Crackdown, Addiction Support: Government Action On Synthetics

The NZ Drug Foundation has welcomed the Government’s response to synthetic drug deaths. The response strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the tools they need to target criminal networks and changing drug law to make it easier for people to access help when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

Strategy Committee Unanimous: Wellington To Forge Ahead With Convention Centre

The three-storey Cable Street building, with around 18,000-square metres of floor space, will comfortably be able to host 1500 people for conventions. It includes a 1651sq m exhibition area that will attract international exhibitions too big for nearby Te Papa and provide an always-changing visitor attraction. More>>

ALSO:

Surveying The Surveillance: First IGIS Review Of Warrants Under New Act

The report sets out the Inspector-General’s interpretation of the new warrant provisions under the ISA and her expectations of the GCSB and NZSIS when they prepare warrant applications. More>>

SSC: 2018 Public Service Workforce Data Published

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has published the 2018 Our People, Public Service Workforce Data , which shows the Public Service is making significant progress in important areas. More>>

ALSO:

Sinking Cap: Auctions, Permanent Forests, Added To ETS

The move to auctions, signalled in an August consultation paper, will help put a cap on the number of emission units available over time. Annual announcements, looking forward five years, will help provide certainty for scheme participants, she said. More>>

ALSO:

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels