Celebrating 25 Years of Scoop
Special: Up To 25% Off Scoop Pro Learn More
Parliament

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

 

Minister deaf to mental health issues in Canterbury

11 February 2016 MEDIA STATEMENT

Minister deaf to mental health issues in Canterbury

The people of Canterbury will be shocked to hear that the Minister of Health believes there is no problem with mental health funding in Canterbury, says Labour’s spokesperson on Health Annette King.

“Jonathan Coleman has wilfully ignored DHB mental health figures that show child and youth cases are up 67 per cent, and adult psychiatric assessments at Emergency Departments have risen by 102 per cent since 2012.

“The Canterbury District Health Board has told Parliament’s Health Select Committee their mental health services were under ‘unprecedented pressure’ from the Canterbury earthquakes and now detainees returning from Australia.

“Chief Executive David Meates says because of the earthquake five years ago, it won’t be business as usual for providers for at least 10 years.

“It is clear that part of the problem is that the DHBs have to conform to a Ministry of Health model that sees Canterbury funded at a lower level when it comes to mental health services.

“His admission that Canterbury sits significantly below the rest of New Zealand means that the Ministry must reform its spending model for events like the Christchurch earthquake.

“The Government’s criticism that they had been given a $16 million funding boost last year which could have been spent on mental health is nonsense. That money was earmarked for the board’s budget deficit. They have refused to give them any additional cash.

“We need to do better for the future generations of Canterbury. Already five-year-olds are turning up to school with developmental issues that can be traced to the earthquake,” says Annette King.

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

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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.