15 December 2006
Greens call on Government to restore funding to Plunketline
The Green Party strongly supports a recommendation by the Health Select Committee today that the Government restore
funding for Plunketline.
The recommendation was made in response to a petition from Plunket requesting that the Government reinstate long-term
funding for Plunketline, Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley says.
"We have always argued that a trusted, local, New Zealand-based organisation like Plunket, with a long history of
supporting New Zealand parents, should be providing the Well Child telephone advice service for parents in New Zealand,
not a company that is an offshoot of a global multinational health business, which does not have a long history in
giving advice to New Zealand parents.
"Plunket nurses are rooted in the community, and trusted by New Zealand families who have opened their homes to them for
more than 100 years. Plunket is a core service for New Zealand families, and we agree that Plunketline is an integral
part of the Plunket's provision of a comprehensive service.
"We congratulate Plunket for self-funding and continuing to operate its telephone service on its own in the meantime,
but it cannot continue to do this into the future on its own. We also agree that if Plunketline were to close, that
would affect the future viability of the organisation.
"We call on the government to have the courage to admit it made a mistake in not awarding the Well Child telephone
service to Plunket, and to restore the funding to Plunketline," Ms Kedgley says.