Increasing numbers of people with mental health-related issues are turning to emergency departments for help as funding dries up across the country, Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson David Clark says.
“Figures obtained by Labour show the number of people presenting to emergency departments as a result of mental health issues have more than tripled in the last four years.
Steven Joyce needs to stop the shambolic AgResearch restructure, sack the board and start again to halt the ongoing long term damage to our science skills and biggest export industry, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“Nearly 20 per cent of all science staff at AgResearch are set to lose their jobs. Thanks to Mr Joyce’s gutting of the science sector, there are few opportunities for them and they will head offshore.
Today’s Westpac Consumer Confidence Survey paints a bleak picture of the Government’s economic management in Otago. The report shows economic confidence is negative, and consumer confidence is down by a whopping 7.4% in the most recent quarter. says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark.
“If the Otago economy was achieving its potential we would be a billion dollars richer.
Milk powder exports to China have dropped 34 per cent in the last year, showing the dangers of National’s ‘one company exporting one product to one country’ exports strategy, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“Not only have milk powder exports to China fallen by a third, overall dairy exports have fallen 25 per cent and exports to China are down 28 per cent in the last year, according to the Overseas Merchandise Trade figures today.
The chaotic restructure at AgResearch has Steven Joyce’s invisible hand all over it, especially given he knows more about it than the staff at the institute, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark.
“Mr Joyce has admitted there will be significant job losses at AgResearch but none of the staff have been informed yet. The Board is in chaos because of a meddling minister.
Rumours of further job losses at AgResearch show an organisation in chaos, which is driving scientists offshore when we need opportunities for them to stay in New Zealand, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark.
“AgResearch has repeatedly failed to meet its business case deadlines for its future footprint restructure. There was supposed to be a new business case in June after the previous process was slammed by the Auditor General.
National has fallen even further behind its target of exports being 40 per cent of GDP, with the rate now the lowest since Jim Bolger was Prime Minister, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“National is not only failing to meet its target, it’s going backwards. Statistics today show exports are just 28 per cent of GDP on an actual basis, down from 32 per cent when National came into office.