Parliament

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

 

Health Minister Deciding Education Policy?

The ‘golden handcuffs’ policy that will allow Health Funding Authorities to give junior doctors a lump sum payment at the end of each year worked could prove to be very troublesome , said ACT Tertiary Education spokesman Stephen Franks.

Last week it was revealed that the Government was debating discounting junior doctors student loans. Today’s statement was also aimed at junior doctors who are currently on strike.

“The Government is in talk back politics. The proposed policy may have merit but the means by which we have arrived at it is bizarre.

“Initially I thought Annette King may have been thinking with her mouth open without realising the effects. She could be forgiven for grasping at quick fix solutions for a Health portfolio crisis, but it now seems Cabinet is allowing her to set policy off the cuff.

“The student loan policy does need revisiting. However, the singling out of one small group for special treatment is neither sensible, equitable or fair.

“New Zealanders need immediate reassurance that the repercussions of the currently proposed policy have been thought through?

 Will doctors who are already paying, or have completed paying off loans, be reimbursed?

 How will the Government meet ‘me too’ claims from nurses, science teachers and others with scarce and valuable skills.

 Won’t doctors still take off overseas for higher pay after their loans are wiped?

 Will this new policy create increased demand for student loans, like the Government’s ‘loan for free’ policy that will see loans skyrocket to $6 billion by 2002, nearly twice as quick as forecast before Labour’s policy

 Why will the policy apply only to junior hospital doctors, when young medical graduates who work elsewhere are equally in debt?

 Won’t qualified people set out to postpone repayment until the coalition Government sorts out when its ‘forgiveness policy’ might start

 Has the Minister of Finance calculated the billions knocked off Government assets if student loans become irrecoverable.

“This should not have been discussed until the details were sorted out. While the proposal itself may be a good one, developing policy through ‘talk back’ is not an indication of a stable Government,” said Stephen Franks.
ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Our Local Responses To The Global Problems Of Inflation


In the United Kingdom, inflation is running at its highest rate in 30 years. In the US, inflation hit 7% during 2021. You wouldn’t want to be in Estonia, where inflation has just hit 12%. Across the Eurozone – the measurement methods vary – inflation is averaging out at 5%. In Canada, inflation is running at its highest level in 30 years. Inflation is not simply a problem afflicting developed countries. In a developing country like Brazil inflation is running at its highest level in seven years...
More>>



 
 

Government: Building And Shaping A City: Future-proofing Auckland Transport Infrastructure
The Government is bringing Auckland’s transport infrastructure into the future by moving forward with an additional Waitematā Harbour crossing, progressing light rail from Auckland’s CBD to the airport, and creating a linked-up rapid transport network as part of a 30-year plan... More>>

The Treasury: Financial Statements Of The Government Of NZ For The 5 Months Ended 30 November 2021
Interim Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the 5 months ended 30 November 2021... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Announces Three Phase Public Health Response To Omicron
The Government has announced a three phase Omicron plan that aims to slow down and limit the spread of an outbreak, Associate Minister of Health, Dr Ayesha Verrall announced today. “Through the course of managing Omicron, we will be taking a phased approach. As case numbers grow both testing and isolation approaches will change in response... More>>



Ministry Of Transport: Have Your Say On The Future Of Road User Charges
Te Manatū Waka Ministry of Transport is inviting New Zealanders to submit their views on improving the Road User Charges system, says Secretary for Transport, Peter Mersi... More>>


TradeMe: New Zealand Rents Climb $40 Per Week In One Year

New Zealand’s national median rent climbed $40 a week in 2021 to reach $560 in December, according to Trade Me’s latest Rental Price Index. Trade Me Property Sales Director Gavin Lloyd said last month’s national median weekly rent showed an 8 per cent annual increase... More>>


Transparency International: New Zealand Retains Top Ranking In Annual Corruption Perceptions Index
New Zealand is once again ranked least corrupt in the world by Transparency International’s annual Corruption Perceptions Index. This year New Zealand’s score of 88 out of 100 is unchanged resulting in it being first equal with Denmark and Finland... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels