Your child has swallowed something caustic, and you need to know how to save them ASAP. With world’s best practice, and WHO guidelines you’ll get straight through on the Posion Hotline to find out how to counteract the liquid your child has taken.
But wait, Steven Joyce is involved. Now you need to go thru a triage call-centre first to assess your need. As your child chokes.
This may sound over-dramatic, but it’s a real possibility, thanks to more thoughtless penny-pinching from National.
Otago Uni keep an up-to-date poison database of products available in NZ, with their brandnames etc. They subsidise the Helpline to the tune of $1.3 million per year.
It won’t be that way if Australian call-centre provider Medibank get their hands on it: will they have intimate knowledge of NZ products, brands etc. which change from week to week, NZ geography with all of its Maori place-names – and - the already stated toxicology expertise?
Outsourcing jobs. Downgrading services. Putting lives at risk. For imaginary cost savings. Typical Nats.
Best we work on saving the Helpline, with Labour’s petition. Sign it now.