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


Coordinated Approach To Palliative Care

Care for people who are dying will be the focus of a project by the Ministry of
Health, the Health Funding Authority and the National Health Committee, Health
Minister Wyatt Creech said today.

The work will be done in consultation with Hospice New Zealand and other
palliative care providers.

"Many of us interpret health care as being about making people better, or
helping them to remain well. That has certainly been a major focus in much of
the work we have undertaken in the last few years," Mr Creech said.

"But just as there have been advances in health care which enable us to treat
and cure people more effectively than in the past, there are also new approaches
to caring for people who are dying which can ease the way for them and for their
families and whanau.

"Hospice and palliative care services are funded and provided by a range of
providers including hospices, community palliative care services and Hospital
and Health Services. These services are supported by voluntary agencies, Cancer
Society, Disability Support services and a range of community based services.

"Just as services vary, so does agreement on when treatment ends and palliative
care begins," Mr Creech said. "I have asked the main health agencies to look at
these and other issues as a prelude to developing a strategy which ensures all
New Zealanders have access to quality palliative care services when and where
they need them."

The agencies will build on the work already started by a National Health
Committee working group. They will also build on work started by the Health
Funding Authority and Hospice New Zealand.

Those with an interest in palliative care will be invited to consult on the
draft strategy early next year.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election