News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


PHO Alliance welcomes move to timely patient care

Media Release

14 August 2013 (for immediate release)

PHO Alliance welcomes move to provide more timely and responsive patient care

The Primary Health Organisation (PHO) Alliance has responded positively to the Health Minister’s announcement that the claiming of General Medical Subsidy (GMS) is to be extended to other health professionals within the general practice team.

“For too long, access to timely and responsive care for vulnerable and high needs patients has been restricted by unhelpful red-tape which has failed to recognise the high quality and personalised care provided by nurses, pharmacists and allied health professionals within general practice” says PHO Alliance chairman, John Ayling.

Health Minister Tony Ryall has signaled a move which is intended to allow health professionals, in addition to GPs, to generate GMS claims for care provided to many patients within general practice settings.

Dr Andrew Miller, PHO Alliance Executive Committee Member and GP providing services to a predominantly high needs community in Northland, says that the announcement has the potential to significantly improve access to care for patients in areas of high need or where GP cover is limited, such as for rural communities.

“Where general practice has been providing care in areas of typically high need and deprivation, the funding rules have not supported the need to move towards integrated multi-disciplinary working to provide care when and where patients need it – this move should now provide much needed recognition of the vital contribution made in such areas by other members of the primary care team such as nurses and pharmacists”.

But Dr Miller also warned that the supporting business rules will need to be developed in such a way as to ensure funds are not diverted away from existing services for those same vulnerable and high-needs patients.

John Ayling says he looks forward to the PHO Alliance working with Ministry of Health colleagues over the coming months to develop the rules and framework which will ensure the intention of this announcement is firmly translated into better access, better care and better outcomes for those communities and families most at need.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland