Unrealistic timelines around the restructure of the New Zealand healthcare system reinforces the disconnect the
Government has with the realities facing New Zealanders.
"The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill proposes a radical overhaul of the structure and management of healthcare services,
including the establishment of both Health New Zealand and a Māori health authority to replace the current district
health boards," says Democracy Action spokesperson Lee Short. "This initiative will introduce a disturbing
differentiation of health services, based on race."
"At a time when the health sector is being required to prepare for the impact of opening Auckland borders and record
case numbers, the Minister of Health Andrew Little is expecting submissions for the Bill by 9 December. Allowing just
six weeks for submissions on this significant legislation is yet another instance of the Government’s lack of respect
for the democratic process."
"Good law making is reliant on the quality of engagement and the ability of citizens, particularly those most affected,
to fully consider effects and respond. This will not be possible at a time when those most closely connected will be
constrained by current demands on services to commit adequate time and resources to the preparation of quality
Creating uncertainty and instability for the health sector during a pandemic should be taken as an affront to New
Zealanders who have sacrificed so much to navigate these trying times."