Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


MATPRO Encouraged by Health Minister’s Endorsement

Media Release: Wellington Maternity Project (MATPRO) Friday 9 March 2001

“New Zealand can build upon the good parts of the current maternity system, but should try to improve the aspects which aren’t working,” said Cathy O’Malley, the Chief Executive of the Wellington Maternity Project (MATPRO) today. “The current system can and should be improved to address the areas which are not satisfactory, but it ought not be thrown out holus bolus.”

Ms O’Malley was responding to this morning’s debate about maternity services, in which the NZ Medical Association, the NZ College of Midwives and the Minister of Health put different views about the effectiveness and safety of New Zealand’s maternity system. Medical groups are concerned that the current funding system inherently pitches midwives and doctors against each other, to the detriment of women and babies.

“Mrs King acknowledged that MATPRO is an organisation which has taken aspects of the national Lead Maternity Carer (LMC) system, and has adapted them to make them work well in the local setting. We have proved that, with appropriate flexibility and funding, positive relationships between midwives and doctors can be nurtured rather than destroyed.”

“We are fortunate to have had this opportunity as we are one of a small number of groups who have had some latitude to do things differently. Some aspects of New Zealand’s national maternity system tend to encourage confrontation between professional groups, but if the government can be flexible about contractual arrangements, whilst maintaining consistency in the services, it is possible to make the LMC system work to the benefit of mothers and babies” said Ms O’Malley.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election