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“The department had its accreditation withdrawn late last year after failing to meet certain standards.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.
News today that Dunedin Hospital has lost orthopaedic training accreditation is a major blow and proves the Government’s prevarication is having devastating consequences, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“Losing orthopaedic advanced training is serious. There is a knock on effect. The hospital can no longer train students in this specialty and will struggle to attract the kind of experienced and talented surgeons to the hospital that it has in the past.
The Government is refusing to say what the $29 million it has set aside for its controversial social bonds programme is for, raising suspicions it is an upfront payment to the project backers, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
A briefing paper to Jonathan Coleman and Cabinet committee members notes a key component of the Government’s social bonds model is ‘payment by results’, meaning the Government – or taxpayers – only pays out cash for successful outcomes ‘once they have been delivered and measured’.
Overseas banks and their preferred providers were asked to pitch their ideas for bankrolling the Government’s social bonds scheme to a Dragon’s Den-style panel, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
Dragon’s Den was a reality television series where prospective ‘entrepreneurs’ presented ideas to a group of wealthy investors in an attempt to gain funding while offering a stake of the company in return.
A Minister's comments at a press conference in Dunedin today show just how easily costs can blow out at the Southern DHB, Labour's Acting Health spokesman David Clark says.
"Fresh from criticising everyone from members of the Board that his Government appointed to governments of decades past, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has let slip that the rebuild cost for Dunedin Hospital has grown by a half overnight.
News that the Government has appointed a Commissioner to replace the Southern District Health Board is hardly a surprise given the mounting pressure it has been under to do more with a lot less, says Labour’s Acting Health spokesperson David Clark.
“Southern DHB has been under the gun for some time. It has made a number of quite drastic cuts over the last six years as it struggled to maintain services, at times putting patients at risk.
The closure of a respected mental health support service in New Plymouth is an indication of the pressures faced across the sector, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.
Like Minds, which has been a major player in the region's mental health and addictions sector for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Friday citing a lack of funding for the decision. A Wairarapa branch closed late last year after it also lost funding.
The secrecy surrounding the Government’s plans to let private funders invest in mental health services only increases suspicions that the proposal has been ill-thought through, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette Kings says.
“The process with which New Zealanders have learned the Government is about to implement its social bond experiment could hardly have been less transparent.
The Government is using some of the most vulnerable Kiwis as guinea pigs against official advice and in the absence of international evidence that its ‘experiment’ will achieve the desired results, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.
“A multi-million mental health initiative, to be bank-rolled by private investors, is a disaster in the making.