John Key has confirmed budget cuts are behind a decision not to fund a life-saving cancer drug, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“The Prime Minister admitted in an interview this morning that Keytruda, which is considered by specialists to be a break-through treatment for advanced melanoma, could be funded if health was allocated more.
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.