A survey showing growing numbers of doctors and dentists are going to work when they are sick should ring alarm bells, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
The survey by the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists found 88 per cent of senior doctors and dentists often or sometimes went to work while unwell during a 24-month period, with 75 per cent going in to work when they had an infectious illness.
Kiwis needing hip or knee replacements continue to face a postcode lottery when it comes to levels of care with more than half the country’s DHBs increasing surgery pain thresholds over the last three years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“What that means is that depending on where you live you may have to be in more pain, and wait longer for an operation than someone else waiting for the same treatment in another region.
More than half the country’s health boards have blown out their budgets just months into the new financial year, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“A report to Jonathan Coleman on the financial performance of our district health boards shows that in just the second month of the 2015/16 financial year 13 are in the red to the tune of $8.4 million.
Tim Groser is not being upfront with Kiwis about what the TPP will mean with regards to life-saving drug costs, Labour’s Acting Leader and Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“Claims by Mr Groser that Kiwis won’t be paying more for their medicine under the TPP should be taken with a large dose of scepticism. He let the Australians do the running on this, while he concentrated on dairy. The result is a dud deal for dairy and a less than clear proposal on drug costs.
The Government appears to have failed to deliver in the secretive TPP deal, with no meaningful gains for dairy and new costs for Pharmac, Labour’s Acting Leader Annette King says.
“Tim Groser has been left in the dust on this deal despite the big promises made of a “gold standard agreement’. The deal falls well below expectations with only disappointing crumbs for our dairy industry and extended patents on new drugs which will cost the taxpayer millions and leave New Zealanders without life-saving drugs.