Māori and Pasifika are getting priority on elective surgery waiting lists:
Māori and Pasifika waiting for elective surgery have been placed at the top of wait lists in the Wellington region, in a move hoped to improve their access to healthcare.
A patient’s ethnicity will be now taken into account for specialist treatments, along with their level of clinical urgency and the number of days they have been on a wait list. . .
Māori and Pasifika are over-represented in negative health statistics which provides a case for some affirmative action, for example more money for Māori and Pasifika health research. But decisions on elective surgery should always be based on clinical grounds not ethnicity.
Race should never be a barrier but nor should it give privileges or special treatment, especially if, as in this case, it could come at the cost of other people’s health.
Affirmative action requires social license and that is in danger when special treatment for one group becomes discrimination against another.
It doesn’t help that this news comes in the wake of illegal road blocks set up by iwi and Monday’s nonsense about National’s shadow cabinet.
The last word on that goes to MPDan Bidois:
Maori, like all New Zealanders, deserve the respect of being judged on our merits and not on our skin color.
That is the promise of our country, the Treaty of Waitangi and our people – let’s focus on the things that matter and disregard the things that don’t.