13 June 2019
National is proposing a mobile rural health clinic to provide a ‘WOF’ type health check-up in remote areas to ensure
people in rural communities have easy access to quality healthcare, National’s Rural Communities spokesperson Matt King
“More than 600,000 New Zealanders live in rural communities, and while it’s accepted not everyone in rural New Zealand
can live next to a hospital, it’s important they have access to modern healthcare.
“National wants to pilot mobile rural health clinics serviced by health practitioners which will travel to remote rural
communities on a regular basis, where they can provide general health check-ups and mental health support for locals.
“This initiative will make a tangible difference to those in isolated areas who too often simply ignore potential health
warning signs because of their busy lifestyles and the lack of convenience.
“To learn more about the Mobile Rural Health Clinic and National’s stance on other matters in the primary sector I
encourage you to read our recently launched primary sector discussion document.”
Note to editors: Primary Sector Discussion Doc can be found here