Parliament

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

 

Giving The Power Back To Patients

ACT New Zealand today launched its Health Policy saying it’s time to give the power back to patients.

ACT Health Spokesman Hon Ken Shirley said that ACT's key objective in health is to give New Zealanders who need health care more choice and to get the public and private sectors working together to provide the best health care for all New Zealanders.

"Around 65% of non urgent surgery in New Zealand is now carried out by the private sector, without waiting lists.

"In the last financial year 86% of the 26, 730 elective surgical services funded by ACC were carried out in the private sector.

"In Christchurch the "Eldercare" project has co-ordinated the services of both public and private hospitals together with GPs, nurse practitioners and volunteer community groups to better meet the health needs of the elderly particularly during the winter months. We should all applaud and encourage these collaborative projects that ensure the best patient care.

"In Hawkes Bay this year between June and September 300 children had ENT operations in the private Royston facility funded by the HFA because the public hospital could not manage the task. No waiting, no delays, top service at the best value for taxpayers. What is wrong with children who have urgent health needs getting efficient, quality care? The Labour Party must front up and explain why under their health policy these operations would not get HFA funding.

"Hawkes Bay's Royston Hospital is now also working co-operatively with local GPs to break down the artificial barrier between primary and secondary health care. Such practices can ensure earlier intervention, thereby reducing the demand for more expensive hospitalisation. The patients benefit, the healthcare provider benefits and the taxpayer benefits.

"A joint venture between the public and private provision of state funded urological operations in Tauranga (the Venturo Project) has eliminated a waiting time that previously had stretched to three and a half years. Today, nobody waits. The orthopaedic surgeons are now instigating a similar scheme.

"Similar examples through out the country are now numerous. These examples of better health care for New Zealanders are models for the rest of the country. We must throw off the baggage of the past. The hang ups and senseless rhetoric between public and private provision. Both Labour and the Alliance are locked in a time warp, ACT is talking today about healthcare for the future," said Hon Ken Shirley.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

New Reports: Flood Risk From Rain And Sea Under Climate Change

One report looks at what would happen when rivers are flooded by heavy rain and storms, while the other examines flooding exposure in coastal and harbour areas and how that might change with sea-level rise.

Their findings show that across the country almost 700,000 people and 411,516 buildings worth $135 billion are presently exposed to river flooding in the event of extreme weather events...

There is near certainty that the sea will rise 20-30 cm by 2040. By the end of the century, depending on whether global greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, it could rise by between 0.5 to 1.1 m, which could add an additional 116,000 people exposed to extreme coastal storm flooding. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On The Commerce Commission Fuel Report

The interim Commerce Commission report on the fuel industry will do nothing to endear the major oil companies to the New Zealand public... More>>

ALSO:

Emergency Govt Bill: Overriding Local Licensing For The Rugby

“It’s pretty clear some clubs are having difficulty persuading their district licensing committees to grant a special licence to extend their hours for this obviously special event, and so it makes sense for Parliament to allow clubs to meet a community desire." More>>

ALSO:

Leaving Contract Early: KiwiBuild Programme Losing Another Top Boss

Ms O'Sullivan began a six-month contract as head of KiwiBuild Commercial in February, but the Housing Ministry has confirmed she has resigned and will depart a month early to take up a new job. More>>

ALSO:

Proposed National Policy Statement: Helping Our Cities Grow Up And Out

“We need a new approach to planning that allows our cities to grow up, especially in city centres and around transport connections. We also have to allow cities to expand in a way that protects our special heritage areas, the natural environment and highly productive land." More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman's Report: Ngāpuhi Elder 'Shocked' By Conditions At Ngawha Prison

A prominent Ngāpuhi elder is shocked to find inmates at Ngawha Prison are denied water and forced to relieve themselves in the exercise yard... Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report highly critical of conditions at the Northland prison. More>>

ALSO:

Promises: Independent Election Policy Costing Unit A Step Closer

The creation of an entity to provide political parties with independent and non-partisan policy costings is a step closer today, according to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Associate Finance Minister James Shaw. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Primary And Intermediate Principals Accept New Offer

Primary and intermediate school principals have voted to accept a new settlement from the Ministry of Education, which includes entrenched pay parity with secondary principals. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA On 'Rawshark' Investigation: Multiple Police Failings In Hager Searches Confirmed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that the Police's unlawful search of Nicky Hager's property in October 2014 resulted from an unwitting neglect of duty and did not amount to misconduct by any individual officer... More>>

ALSO:

Broadcasting Standards: Decisions On Coverage Of Mosque Attacks

The Authority upheld one of these complaints, finding that the use of extensive excerpts from the alleged attacker’s livestream video on Sky News New Zealand had the potential to cause significant distress to audiences in New Zealand, and particularly to the family and friends of victims, and the wider Muslim community. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels