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A new record has been set for New Zealanders waiting more than four months for surgery, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

“Health Minister Andrew Little has set a new record in the health sector – this time for the worst surgical wait list in at least a decade.

“This record comes three months after Minister Little’s announcement of a ‘high powered’ task force with their focus on decreasing the wait lists for surgery and specialists.

“Unfortunately for New Zealanders, the wait list has increased by a further 199 people needing surgery, bringing the total to 28,536 at the end of June.

“To be included on the surgical wait list, you must to be referred by a specialist – but those wait times have blown out too. People waiting more than four months to see a specialist is already up to 36,000.

“Emergency Department wait times are also reaching breaking point, with Christchurch Hospital ED reaching capacity and non-urgent injuries or conditions being turned away.

“New Zealanders deserve a plan to decrease the surgical wait list, the specialist wait list and the emergency room waiting time – not another task force or a new plot for Shortland Street.

“Despite being warned by the health sector in July last year, Minister Little has spent money on bureaucratic health reforms instead of on people. He has failed at his core responsibility of ensuring New Zealanders get timely access to health services.”

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  1. Beds per capita in NZ is far less than Australia and other developed countries. We only have third world level service but we do spend a lot on Big Pharma. Health expenditure as a proportion of GDP is going up steadily following the US model. MoH cannot recruit specialists and we are no longer attractive given the tyrannical mismanagement, high cost of living and house prices, poor nursing support etc. Jabcinda is collapsing our heath system as per the Agenda.

  2. To be expected when incompetent ministers are put in a position well above their capability. This is the Pike River Recovery Minister. That went well. Failure wherever he goes. But never mind it was all National’s fault.

  3. Nothing less can be expected, especially when killing off the human race as per the Globalist Agenda by denying health care, or minimising the same with the help of run-around circuits with appointment cancellations, etc.
    One way to clear the list is to set up TRIAGE tents on hospital grounds with the help of the NZDF, MASH-style, and clear the minor to medium surgeries, especially with regard to the Covid-19 untested bio-weapon vaccines that have jammed the hospitals while crippling and killing people, which will continue to do so over the next three (3) years!

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