Parliament

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

 

Jibber jabber can’t hide the facts

Annette KING
Health Spokesperson
13 August  2013MEDIA STATEMENT

Jibber jabber can’t hide the facts  

A flurry of statements from Health Minister Tony Ryall suggesting DHBs are collecting dud statistics is hardly reassuring for the country’s emergency department or for patients, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.

“Mr Ryall has fired out several more of his good news stories following revelations that many DHBs are not meeting triage waiting times, using his six-hour waiting time target as ‘proof’ that patients aren’t having to wait longer than necessary.

“What he conveniently forgets to say is that the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine has just released updated ED policy and procedures, which points out triage scales are still being used to measure the urgency of patients’ conditions as they arrive at hospital.

“Responses to my OIA requests also show the Ministry of Health is working with the Health Quality and Safety Commission to produce a quality and safety framework for managing patients in an ED setting. The College’s guidelines will form part of that work.

“New Zealand DHBs are still required to collect triage times, yet Mr Ryall continues to argue they offer limited benefits. If that’s the case then he should just change the reporting requirements and stop wasting clinicians’ valuable time.

“Given Mr Ryall and his offsider Jo Goodhew believe regurgitating previous Opposition comments can cover up this Government’s failings, it seems pertinent to respond in kind.

“This was My Ryall in 2007 - when he was National’s health spokesperson: ‘They [the Government] can argue all they like over the data errors, but the public knows that these hospitals are not working well and people are languishing in emergency departments. No amount of bureaucratic jibber jabber can hide that fact. Triage 2 and 3 are still quite serious situations and they are not being dealt with anywhere near best practice benchmarks.’

“A 2009 report into improving ED quality that Ms Goodhew quotes recommends retaining triage times and warns that putting a target in place – as Mr Ryall has done – could encourage gaming and the shifting of overcrowding problems into other parts of the system. 

“The pressure to meet Mr Ryall’s six-hour target and his league table reporting are putting our hospitals under enormous stress.

“It’s time he faced up to the fact everything’s not hunky-dory in the country’s emergency departments and started working on some real solutions.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Australian Election Toss-up


The foibles of the Aussie electoral system are pretty well-known. The Lucky Country doesn’t have proportional representation. Voting for everyone over 18 is compulsory, but within a preferential system. This means that in the relatively few key seats that decide the final result, it can be the voters’ second, third or fourth ranking preferences that finally get the winner over the 50% line...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels