Health Minister Jonathan Coleman’s decision to privatise Wellington’s laboratory services goes against the advice of those working at the front line – our clinicians and medical specialists, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“Doctors have warned the Government many times that its plans to integrate the Capital’s hospital and diagnostic testing services has the potential to backfire and could result in delays in both diagnosis and treatment; and even put lives at risk.
The Government’s $65 million spend on rheumatic fever prevention has made little impact on the alarmingly high rate of the disease among young New Zealanders, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“Latest figures from ESR show there were 235 notified cases of acute rheumatic fever in the year to September 2014, up 75 on the previous twelve months.
An ongoing and embarrassing pattern of major building leaks and equipment failures at Dunedin Public Hospital has been revealed in papers released under the Official Information Act, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.
“Documents released under the Official Information Act tell of buckets scattered around surgical wards, water leaking into sterile areas, and a relentless pattern of equipment failures, putting patients’ lives at risk.