Porirua PHO More Government Favouritism
The establishment of Labour's Primary Health Organisations is displaying a disturbing trend, where the Government looks
after its favoured voter groups - who are receiving priority funding under the new PHO strategy, ACT New Zealand Health
Spokesman Heather Roy said today.
"Concerns over the Porirua Plus PHO proposal - which is backed by the Ora Toa Maori Health Service, Porirua Union
Health Services and Ngati Toa - show the continuing trend of the Labour's willingness to put the interests of its
favoured groups over those of the wider community," Mrs Roy said.
"Porirua is a low income, high health needs area where people die up to 20 years earlier than other Wellington
residents. Only one Porirua resident in five will be eligible to join the proposed PHO. Board officials understand
Labour's excessive focus on select groupings, and ensure these groups gain even cheaper GP access at the cost of the
"Fears expressed by the GP Council, that up to 45 percent of patients that Labour claims to be targeting for lower
healthcare costs will miss out, are being realised," said Mrs Roy.
"The Government has provided $410 million of taxpayers' money to create PHOs around the country, yet much of that has
been allocated on basis of race. Recent examples of Labour's clear favouritism include Counties-Manukau's Te Kupenga o
Hoturoa and TaPasefika PHOs, as well as the Hutt-based PHO - whose patients are enrolled from the Hutt Union and
Community Health Service, Kokiri Marae Trust and Whai Oranga o te Iwi. All of which consist of Maori, Pacific Island and
"ACT New Zealand believes that health funding should be needs-based, not race or location based, and that Labour's PHOs
are inherently unfair," Mrs Roy said.