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$60M Maternity Funding Diverted To Health Restructuring Over More Midwives

Published: Wed 12 Jan 2022 04:06 PM
The temporary closure of Queen Mary maternity services at Dunedin Hospital is further evidence of Andrew Little being prepared to sacrifice health services over bureaucracy for his precious health system restructuring, says National’s Health Spokesperson Dr Shane Reti.
“The Minister needs to explain ministerial answers showing $60M of maternity action plan funding being put aside for health system restructuring.
“That $60M was important for core maternity services not health system restructuring and would go a long way to address concerns around midwifery capacity and conditions.
“It’s no wonder the health system is burnt out after 5 years of a Labour Government yet some of this could have been recently avoided if the $500M and funding for 20 Ernst Young consultants in Wellington to empire build a restructured health system had instead been used to build ICU capacity and increase the health workforce.
Unfortunately Andrew Little is trying to use a Covid crisis to justify health restructuring over health services, form over function, and property over people. This has all been cruelly exposed at Queen Mary Maternity Hospital in Dunedin and midwifery at large who now join 100,000 delayed procedures and 30,000 people waiting more than 4 months to see a specialist as testament to Labour’s failing health system restructuring.”

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