Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Parliament

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

 

What's In New Funding For Nurses?

10 December 2001

What's in new funding for nurses?

Green Party Health spokesperson Sue Kedgley welcomed a new three year funding plan for the health sector but said fundamental pressures such as low wages for nurses, radiotherapists and other health professionals, and the ballooning DHB deficits, were still not adequately addressed in the new package.

"A three year funding plan which allows DHB's to plan ahead is a welcome and long overdue move," said Ms Kedgley.

"However the Green Party is not convinced this package will address the underlying problems - that health costs are far outstripping revenue growth in the health sector, as a result of which DHB deficits have been rising by more than $1.7 million a week over the past 13 weeks.

"Clearly we need to invest substantially in wages for scarce health professionals such as radiologists, if we are to pay internationally competitive market rates and attract and keep them in New Zealand.

"We also believe substantial wage increases for nurses and other health professionals are needed to address the acute shortages of qualified staff in many New Zealand hospitals," she said.

"While we welcome the emphasis on primary healthcare and on identifying and treating health problems earlier, we are extremely disappointed there is no significant funding package for preventative health measures which eliminate the underlying environmental and social causes of ill health, so that people do not become ill in the first place.

"Investing in preventative health care measures such as cleaning up contaminated sites, reducing pesticide usage, eliminating industrial sources of dioxins, improving the New Zealand diet, reducing alcohol and drug usage, and investing in nutrition education are essential if we are to improve New Zealand's health status."

ENDS

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

Advertisement - scroll to continue reading
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Gordon Campbell: On The Newshub/Smokefree Twin Fiascos


Here’s a tale of two sunset industries. One has a track record of quality investigative reporting, and sound reportage of the 24/7 news cycle. The other sunset industry peddles a deadly substance that kills and injures tens of thousands of New Zealanders every year, while imposing significant annual costs on the public health system.

Which industry is this government rushing to assist..?
More


 
 


ACT: New Zealand Dodges Dopey Experiment In Prohibition

“Labour’s attempted crackdown on smokers would have delivered criminal groups a near-monopoly over the cigarette trade,” says ACT Health spokesman Todd Stephenson... More


Government: Backs Police To Crackdown On Gangs
The coalition Government is restoring law and order by providing police new tools to crack down on criminal gangs, says Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Police Minister Mark Mitchell. “Over the last five years gangs have recruited more than 3000 members, a 51 per cent increase... More


Government: Humanitarian Support For Gaza & West Bank

Winston Peters has announced NZ is providing a further $5M to respond to the extreme humanitarian need in Gaza and the West Bank. “The impact of the Israel-Hamas conflict on civilians is absolutely appalling," he said... More


Government: New High Court Judge Appointed

Judith Collins has announced the appointment of Wellington Barrister Jason Scott McHerron as a High Court Judge. Justice McHerron graduated from the University of Otago with a BA in English Literature in 1994 and an LLB in 1996... More

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels


 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.