Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Investment In Health Workforce Needs To Follow Budget Boost

The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Toi Mata Hauora says the Government is showing real commitment in trying to correct decades of underfunding in health, but it shouldn’t forget the commitment of the people who keep the system going.

This year’s Budget has delivered a $4.7 billion dollar increase in health spending, boosted by funding for Covid and health system restructuring.

“We are pleased to hear this will be the first of three Budgets along these lines, because despite some uplift in funding, health services will continue to struggle to get ahead of growing patient demand,” says ASMS Executive Director Sarah Dalton.

“On the face of it the increase looks significant and is very welcome. However, we estimate it’s about $280 million short of what is needed to just stand still. It doesn’t take into account population pressures, the cost of new initiatives, or enable DHBs to balance their books”.

“Last year’s Budget injection for health went largely unnoticed at the coalface and this year’s could likely be the same, given the long starve the system has suffered for many years.”

Sarah Dalton says the pressures on the health system are not just financial because at the end of the day the system relies on the skills and commitment of health workers.

“Senior doctors, nurses and many other specialised health workers are combatting serious staffing shortages which impact heavily on waiting lists and patient care”.

“If the Government really wants ‘world class public services’ it needs to invest significantly more in the people who provide them,” she says.

ASMS welcomes the Budget’s focus on tackling poverty and greater investment in social welfare initiatives, as poverty is a key determinant of people’s health and wellbeing.

However, there are some concerns about the level of investment in public health due to the focus on Covid-19.

“We still have serious infectious diseases and numerous poverty related illnesses which need attention,” Sarah Dalton says.

ASMS also believes the initial price tag of $500 million for the Government’s health reforms is likely to be conservative.

“We believe the final cost of the reforms could go much higher and we don’t want to see the costs outweigh the benefits,” Sarah Dalton says.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 


Government: David McLean Appointed As KiwiRail Chair

David McLean has been appointed as Chair of KiwiRail Holdings Ltd, the Minister for State Owned Enterprises Dr David Clark and Minister of Finance Grant Robertson announced today... More>>


Dairy NZ: ‘More Milk From Fewer Cows’ Trend Continues In A Record Year
Vodafone says it has 10,000 customers using its Wi-Fi Calling service. It took less than three months to reach that milestone; the service began operating in September... More>>

Statistics: Consents Remain At Record Levels
There were 47,715 new homes consented in the year ended October 2021, up 26 percent compared with the year ended October 2020, Stats NZ said today. "The year ended October 2021 marks another record for the annual number of new homes consented,” construction statistics manager Michael Heslop said... More>>



Fonterra: Lifts Forecast Farmgate Milk Price Range And Revises Earnings Guidance At First Quarter Update

Fonterra Co-operative Group today lifted its 2021/22 forecast Farmgate Milk Price range, reported a solid start to the 2022 financial year and revised its earnings guidance... More>>


Canterbury Museum: New Research - Bald Haast's Eagle Feasted On Moa Guts

New Zealand’s extinct Haast’s Eagle (Hieraaetus moorei), the largest known eagle, gulped down viscera like a vulture and may even have been bald, new research suggests... More>>

ABC Business Sales: Demand High For Covid-proof Businesses
Despite the continuing challenges facing businesses in this Covid environment, right now there are more buyers looking for a small-medium sized business than there are sellers in the market... More>>


PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>