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Government’s record on health funding a fail for members

Published: Tue 19 Sep 2017 01:11 PM
National Government’s record on health funding a fail for members
E tū says it fears health services will deteriorate further in the face of Government denials that DHBs are underfunded.
E tū is the country’s largest private sector union with more than 55,000 members.
“A lot of our members are in the Counties Manukau area, where services have been so under-funded we have the highest rate of people waiting to get eye treatment,” says Jill Ovens, E tū’s Industry Coordinator for Public and Commercial Services.
Jill says unacceptable wait times for urology services in Dunedin are also symptomatic of chronic under-funding of health care.
“Our hospitals are struggling and our members are struggling like everyone else to access basic services,” she says.
“Many members are also on low wages, living in mouldy, unhealthy homes and they and their children have high health needs.”
She says that flows through into increased demand for basic health care.
Jill says she fears wait times will grow longer as the Government insists DHBs live within their means.
“The only way they can do that is by cutting services and that will affect our members who need those services.
“In Southland, they sacked the board two years ago and put in a Commissioner and it hasn’t helped the situation at all. What’s needed is more funding and for that we need a change of Government.”
ENDS
E Tu
E tū: the new union for New Zealanders
E tū has been created by the merger of the Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union and Service and Food Workers' Union.
E tū represents more than 50,000 working New Zealanders in industries as diverse as aviation, construction, journalism, food manufacturing, mining and cleaning.
By standing together in a union workers get higher wages and better conditions. As the country's largest private sector union E tū can provide members with workplace representation, legal advice, a freephone support centre, work rights education and broad representation through E tū's campaigning and research work.
We campaign hard for workers' rights, health and safety, a living wage for all Kiwis, and recognising high-value skilled work.
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