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Health Minister’s ‘plan’ yet another working group – Reti

After months of denying that ballooning hospital waitlists were even a problem, a panicked Health Minister today announced Labour’s big solution – a ‘high-powered’ taskforce, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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“Despite the urgency of the situation, with thousands of patients waiting more than four months for their first appointment with a specialist and 50,000 women overdue for their mammograms, the Government’s so-called ‘plan’ is nothing more than an announcement of an announcement – with the actual plan not expected until September.

READ MORE: Nationwide plan to tackle hospital waiting lists – Andrew Little

“Whenever Labour realise they’ve failed to deliver, their only move seems to be announcing another working group, and promising they are working on it.

“When National handed over to Labour in October 2017, there were 954 people waiting more than four months for a first specialist assessment. When Covid arrived in Feb 2020 this number had ballooned to 14,787.

“This increase is not due to Covid, but mismanagement by the Labour Government.

“Keeping wait lists down is a core job for a competent Health Minister and in throwing a hospital pass to a working group, he is abdicating his responsibility.

“Just as worrying is the Minister’s suggestion that people will be bumped off surgery waiting lists to try physiotherapy instead – something that is often a requirement before you even get on a surgical waiting list.

“If the Minister can’t even do his core job of delivering health services to New Zealanders on time, how can New Zealanders trust him with a multi-billion dollar restructure.

“Unfortunately, this is what happens when an incompetent, ideologically-driven Minister puts all his focus and money on a health restructure in the middle of a global pandemic.”

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  1. Not according to MSM. Jabcinda saved us and is going to save us in the future. Alternative reality I suppose.

  2. Imagine if all the money wasted on working groups was actually spent fixing the problem?

    Let’s face it, this government has absolutely NO RESPECT for the tax money we pay them. Meanwhile people are waiting and suffering. Disgusting.

  3. After spending 2 years being a global superstar and praised by world leaders she remembers she has an election to win and the house is a pig stye.

    • Globalists will pour money for their own leader but Laxon is as good as Jabcinda for implementing WEF agenda. So it is just a local fight. Big landlords, and some of the small business owners were bribed by Jabcinda, and they will spend for her. Laxon will get his usuals working for him.

  4. Unacceptable….poor people who are waiting for their first appointment to see the specialist. It’s just common sense in the health system, the reason people are referred to specialists is because they are not getting better from the given treatment. Imagine being one of those patients….the pain and sleepless nights. My heart goes out to them. We really need competent people to run the country.


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