I was a director of a hospital board in 1999 and because of that was talking to people involved in almost every aspect of the health system.
They had a single message for politicians in the lead up to the election: leave the system alone and improve the services.
Labour won the election and put their efforts into expensively changing the system instead of extensively improving services.
Close Up showed a consequence of that tonight – an 83 year-old man who needs an urgent operation for skin cancer, was all ready for it when it was cancelled because Auckland Hopsital is short of beds. That was the third time his operation was cancelled.
Longer life spans combined with new and expensive developments in health care are putting pressure on health budgets everywhere.
There are no easy answers to the problem, but Macdoctor shows how better use of private hopsitals for public patients could be part of the solution.
He has also done a comparison of National’s and Labour’s health policy.
And his conclusion is:
If you are a health worker and you are not ticking National/ACT for your party vote, my punishment for you is to read through the entire Labour Health policy tonight – so that you can think about what you are supporting.
I like waffles for breakfast, it’s waffles for policy that give me the pip.