New research showing that people who would have got hip or knee surgery six years ago wouldn’t get it now reveals how broken our health system is, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.
“The New Zealand Medical Journal article reveals people in Otago aren’t receiving surgery when they need it and they’re becoming more disabled by the time they get treatment, if they get treatment at all.
The Health Minister should prove his claims that meals served by all district health boards meet standards – and stay for an early dinner at Dunedin Hospital when he visits this afternoon, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“I challenge Jonathan Coleman to try one of the meals that are being offered to patients when he visits Dunedin’s oncology department. Let him eat slops.
The Government’s announcement of new money for the Canterbury mental health system will not cover the big gap in existing services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.
“For weeks Jonathan Coleman has willfully ignored the mental health figures from Canterbury that show child and youth cases had risen by 67 per cent, and adult psychiatric assessments at Emergency Departments had risen by 102 per cent since 2012.
Jonathan Coleman was economic with the truth when he told Cantabrians this morning their District Health Boards only has to ask for more money for services such as mental health, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.
“He claimed on Christchurch radio that :‘if they need more specific resources, let’s work together to see what those are, but you know that’s my commitment’. This is just nonsense.
Pharmac’s latest refusal to fund Keytruda means thousands of melanoma sufferers are still without a front line drug, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.
“Pharmac must at least offer Keytruda as a temporary solution until more long-term data is available. At the moment it’s scandalous that people are dying because there is no effective treatment funded for advanced melanoma.