Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, October 11th, 2017 - 165 comments
When you run an economy that sees harm to babies as acceptable risks that can be mitigated, then you are approaching society’s end game.
Written By: - Date published: 6:20 am, September 20th, 2017 - 49 comments
Stunningly depressing piece by Kirsty Johnston in The Herald yesterday – Number of New Zealand children hospitalised with malnutrition doubles as food costs bite.
Proud of your legacy, National?
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, August 31st, 2017 - 48 comments
Two excellent but very disturbing pieces in The Herald yesterday. This crisis in poverty, housing and health is a national disgrace. It is why we desperately need to elect a Labour led government in September.
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, August 22nd, 2017 - 45 comments
National found $10b down the back of the sofa for roads roads roads, but is under funding our health system to the point of collapse.
Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 50 comments
They ran away from equal pay.
Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 5 comments
In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, National’s treatment of mental health needs in the region has been absolutely shameful. Yesterday Jacinda Ardern released new policy to help address the crisis. Great work from Labour in an area that National have cruelly neglected.
Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, August 7th, 2017 - 17 comments
A major piece by Jessica McAllen in The Listener out today. Cash-strapped hospitals are using unsafe hardware-store versions of proper surgical-grade equipment, and reusing “single use” devices.
Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, August 4th, 2017 - 36 comments
The Health system is riddled with crises and useless Minister Jonathan Coleman is in all kinds of shit. He doesn’t seem to care any more and we won’t front up for interviews. Coleman is a disgrace.
Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, August 2nd, 2017 - 58 comments
Funding to Lifeline has been cut in favour of an organisation with a family link to Bill English. It may be completely innocent as all the interested parties claim. But it’s not a good look to be destroying Lifeline, an organisation doing world class work in an area of desperate need. You don’t easily replace that experience.
Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 29 comments
It’s a busy news day, so… Government axes Lifeline contract. Yes, we still top the western world on youth suicide. We still have regular stories like this today. So what does the Government do? Cancel the money that Lifeline uses to train thousands in suicide prevention. $800,000 – a massive amount to Lifeline and the […]
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 21st, 2017 - 54 comments
Auckland City Councilor Richard Hills yesterday tweeted some of the things we would like to see fixed before a tax cut. You might want to add to the list. Good thing Labour is promising to cancel the cuts and spend billions more on health and education.
Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments
According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.
Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, July 18th, 2017 - 16 comments
The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. So naturally: “A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.”
Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 28 comments
Thank you Mark Dunajtschik. But why did it take a generous private donation to get a badly needed public hospital off the drawing-board?
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
Christchurch’s mental health services are overwhelmed and verging on collapse. Canterbury has the most suicides in NZ. And yet the government has just declined a request for further funding. National – delivering misery for Canterbury.
Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 4th, 2017 - 22 comments
Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, July 1st, 2017 - 15 comments
More excellent reporting from Newsroom: “Long overdue pay rate increases affecting 55,000 New Zealand care and support workers kick in on July 1. But the Government’s failure to fully fund the changes is threatening to derail service providers”
Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, June 28th, 2017 - 4 comments
“Climate change is a medical emergency – and our government’s inaction threatens New Zealanders’ wellbeing, both now and into the future.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 9 comments
I guess English can’t be too angry at Coleman – just last year he stuffed up his own numbers to the tune of $160m per year when “explaining” why he was vetoing an extension to paid parental leave.
Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, June 12th, 2017 - 124 comments
The Greens’ bill would make medicinal cannabis easily accessible to those in need without hoop jumping or financial barriers.
Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, June 9th, 2017 - 45 comments
The Nats are under-funding the health sector to the tune of $2.3b. That’s a lot of real people not getting the care that they need.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, May 31st, 2017 - 16 comments
One of the nasty little fishhooks in the budget was the cutting of the home insulation scheme (Warm Up New Zealand). The scheme had a benefit-cost ratio of $6 for every $1 invested. Around 1,600 people die in NZ a year of cold-related factors. Hope the tax cuts are worth it eh?
Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 19th, 2017 - 38 comments
On the issues of suicide and mental health, the choice is pretty clear. Bungling and abuse from National, a positive plan for action from Labour.
Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, May 10th, 2017 - 17 comments
according to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 20th, 2017 - 25 comments
The People’s Mental Health Review report puts the deterioration of our mental health system firmly in the spotlight. Despite a 60 per cent increase in demand since 2007/08 National has been slashing funding. Lives are at risk.