Children kicked off surgery lists – Labour
Wed, 28 Nov 2012 7:00p.m.
Children are dropping off treatment lists as hospitals focus on the Government's elective surgery targets, Labour says.
The party's health spokeswoman, Maryan Street, told Parliament today she knew about a little boy with a congenital eye problem whose surgery was cancelled so that two simple cataract operations could be carried out on the afternoon he was due to have his operation.
Health Minister Tony Ryall said he would look into the case if Ms Street gave him details.
Outside Parliament, Ms Street said clinicians and parents had told her about "some truly sad cases" of complex operations and appointments which had been cancelled.
"In one case a solo mum couldn't even get her four-year-old on a waiting list for a first specialist assessment because the district health board (DHB) has to keep waiting times low to look good for the minister of health," she said.
"This little girl has an emerging speech defect which might benefit from surgical intervention yet her mother can't get confirmation of that because the DHB has said her daughter's case isn't urgent - and therefore she will never make it on to a waiting list."
Ms Street says clinicians have told her the situation is demoralising.
"They are compelled to make decisions for the wrong reasons - health is always about competing priorities but what we are seeing here are people being asked to make decisions they feel uncomfortable about."
The Government sets targets for hospitals and 35,000 more elective operations are being carried out each year since National came to power in 2008.
Ms Street says they are focusing on simple procedures so they can meet the targets.
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30/11/2012 11:38:47 p.m.
what a fantastic this governent is they could not give a stuff key and his crooks . and neither could the people of this country care less . thats thats a people ripe for the wrath of god to hit like the rest of the world . you wicked evil kiwis you could not care less .
29/11/2012 9:19:32 a.m.
tin man wrote:
It does not help that there are little or no clinics, services etc where the bulk of children are in NZ. Or that parents raising young children are less likely to have disposable income to spend on private care that is free from the state for the affluent.
29/11/2012 8:52:22 a.m.
lack of child and youth focused policy and funding . Combined with complete objectification and depersonalisation of lower socio kiddies by the government.
28/11/2012 9:13:42 p.m.
Labour are national lite anyway,i can't see them doing anything different except shout from the sideline,i can remember when labour were in power,the health system was just as bad,clark bought in user pays,the elderly who had homes,had to pay for rest home care or sell their homes,it was a terrible time for our elderly.Health should not be subject to continued nipping around the edges,health is top priority, whether its kids or adults.
28/11/2012 7:59:31 p.m.
Just Me wrote:
In mid-2008 on a Friday my elderly parent badly broke her hip.The accident happened just before Queens Birthday weekend.She went to NSH and we were told the operation would be on the next day.She was not operated on till 5 days later.She had no food in those 5 days and pain killer was morphine.Due to the constant delays by NSH for operating on her we took the matter to the then Opposition Health Minister Tony Ryall.He was going to bring the matter up in parliamentary discussion of how hopeless the Labour government Health Ministry was.Now he is Health Minister it does appear it has not improved one bit.This National government is overly obsessed with dollar signs at the expense and risk of health of so many lower-socio-economic NZers.
Tony Ryall promised improved health services and treatment.But he is a politician and we all know at election time such promises are empty and without any true volume to them.
Sir Edmund Hillary once said he has never met an honest politician.Too often they are in for what they can get and such future voters as the children of NZ are ignored.
NZ has become a nation where child health and poverty which were once unheard of is now a daily concern.And because a government is in pursuit of dollar signs,photo opportunities and other tax payer funded opportunities.
28/11/2012 7:51:40 p.m.
More scaremongering from Labour. Suggest Labour sort of thier leadership [or lack of it[ and their deep divisions. Labour really are usless.
28/11/2012 7:24:34 p.m.
Iron side wrote:
Ministry of Education and Child mental health does the same thing. Low socio parents cant fight back and a dodgy notification to CYF can fix a lot of things for negligent "professionals"
28/11/2012 7:22:36 p.m.
moral outrage wrote:
Yes and these will be low socio children. The same ones that CYF takes off parents and horrifically abuses. The DHB targets these kids for the cuts to save on resources and to balance the books. The parents do not have the resources to fight back. These childrens , health and learning problems become serious impediments, school and seeming behavioural issues and CYF blame parents for neglecting their development and abuse. These kids are highly vulnerable to abuse while in CYF care and their needs continue to go unmet. These kids then end up on benefits and in prison. The more a parent fights to get their childs basic needs met the the more the system punishes the child. Tolerate this then Your children will be next
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