Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the last six budgets. A shortfall of $500 million this year means the sector’s funding has been slashed by $1.7 billion since 2010.
A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says
“Information leaked to Labour shows the Government is looking to cap how much people on low incomes have to pay for doctors’ visits, while allowing GPs to charge others more.
Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says
“Leaked documents reveal a radical shake-up of the health sector is underway. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is trying to distance himself from it by saying it is a ‘third party’ report, not Government policy and that he hasn’t read it. That is just not believable.
The Government is being urged to act on advice it has received about the negative impact its seven year study cap will have on hundreds of medical students, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“The 7EFTS lifetime limit unfairly disadvantages students whose future careers require longer study periods.
The Government must ensure all health sector workers are not only be trained to routinely check for medical identification bracelets but have access to critical online patient information, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“The tragic death of an 80-year-old who was prescribed a drug her MedicAlert bracelet showed she was allergic to, has prompted other patients to come forward with similar stories of having information ignored by paramedics.
A Government budget document dump reveals district health board underfunding will put pay increases for public sector health workers, including nurses and doctors, at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
Cost pressures mean district health boards have not been fully funded to cover wage increases for the 40,000 workers whose contracts are up for renegotiation shortly.
Complaints of bullying and harassment by supervisors which have contributed to Auckland’s critical care department losing its training accreditation are further evidence of the appalling culture at executive level, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“The department had its accreditation withdrawn late last year after failing to meet certain standards. Attempts to find out why were stymied by Auckland District Health Board senior management refusing to answer several OIA requests.