Public health service can do more for patients 8 Jun 2012
- Gordon Campbell on John Banks, and blogging’s merits News
- Comic Relief: Capitalising on the Useful Poor News
- Ministers congratulate agencies for largest precursor bust News
- Christchurch City Council resource management review News
- Report on inquiry into whey protein contamination incident News
- New range of $4.6b - $5b for share programme News
- NZ leads world in stand against cyber bullies News
- Local Government Amendment Bill passes first reading News
- Bill on housing development charges passes first reading Property
- Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s PISA education rankings Columns
Health Minister Tony Ryall today told attendees at the Annual Rotorua General Practice Conference and Medical Exhibition that the public health service is delivering for patients, but can do better.
“We have made significant improvements over the past four years including record numbers of children immunised, record numbers of smokers quitting, record numbers of patients treated faster and more doctors and nurses employed in the public health service than ever before – but we can do more,” said Mr Ryall.
“The New Zealand public health service is doing better than many other countries. For example $1 billion is being cut from current health programmes in Australia, in the UK 900 jobs are being cut from the London Ambulance Service alone, and a third of Portugal’s public hospitals are insolvent resulting in an 11% cut in their health budget next year.
“It’s also been reported almost 150 of this year’s medical graduates in New South Wales will not be offered jobs in that state because of an oversupply of first year junior doctors.
This National government is committed to protecting and growing the public health service. $14.12 billion is being spent on health this financial year – the biggest investment ever. Health’s budget increase is three times greater than education and five times greater than welfare.
“The major challenge for the public health services in New Zealand over the next three to five years will be to focus on what matters most – using health dollars to get better healthcare for patients.
Improvements can be made by community and hospital services working more closely together in their own regions and with their neighbouring district health boards – meaning a smarter use of our workforce and increasing clinical leadership.
“I am confident we will continue to make improvements and deliver better health services for New Zealanders in these tight financial times.
This is the sixth time Mr Ryall has spoken at the General Practice Conference and Medical Exhibition, which is attended by general practitioners, registrars, registered nurses and general practice managers from around the country.
(New Zealand Government)
4 Dec 2013 News
New Zealand has been named the second most giving country in the world, largely thanks to more Kiwis giving up their time to help... more
4 Dec 2013 Environment
Campaigners convinced New Zealand's set-net fishing restrictions are a death sentence for the Maui's dolphins have laid cardboard... more
4 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Kiwibank board back in compliance after Gribben exit Dec. 4 (BusinessDesk) - State-owned lender ... more
4 Dec 2013 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Tenon shares surge as it seeks US equities market exposure, flags cash returns By Pattrick ... more
4 Dec 2013 Entertainment
Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen offered to walk away from his role in the Hobbit movies on the first day of shooting. The British star... more
4 Dec 2013 Property
Auckland house prices rose at the rate of $677 a day in November, based on the average price increase from October to... more
4 Dec 2013 Property
New Zealand Government Hon Dr Nick SmithMinister of Housing 3 December 2013 Bill to rein in housing development charges passes first... more
4 Dec 2013 Migration
The typical Kiwi on Census day 2013 was aged 38, earned $28,500 a year, worked in a service job and owned his or her own... more
4 Dec 2013 Travel & Tourism
Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia are seen as the world's most corrupt countries while Denmark and New Zealand are nearly ... more
4 Dec 2013 Rugby
New Zealand rugby is today celebrating the All Blacks' clean sweep of the IRB's 2013 Rugby Awards for the second year running. World ... more
4 Dec 2013 Cricket
By Lynn McConnell New Zealand bowler Neil Wagner believes there is still assistance in... more
4 Dec 2013 Column
Column - Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on New Zealand’s PISA education rankings by Gordon Campbell Perhaps a bit more... more
3 Dec 2013 Column
Part One: Take the pressure off! The festive season is meant to be well, festive and even a little bit fun! But for many the idea of... more
2 Dec 2013 People
Universal College Of Learning Media Release Monday 2 December 2013 UCOL salutes its Top Scholars UCOL Bachelor of Nursing... more
29 Nov 2013 Recruitment
Article - BusinessDesk Unemployment to hit 4% by 2021, says MBIE Nov. 29 (BusinessDesk) – Job growth and higher... more