Nation: Health Minister David Clark

On Newshub Nation this morning: Budget 2018 pledged around $4 billion to fix the ailing health system. We ask Health Minister David Clark if that’s enough, and what areas are going to take priority.

Unusually Newshub hasn’t tweeted an excerpts of the interview as it happened.

Clark came across ok. he acknowledged that past Governments had dome their best to provide good health services, and New Zealand had one of the best and in some ways cheapest health services in the world, but was due a comprehensive review to try to determine the most cost effective ways of delivering.

Hence the Government are doing a review. And Clark deferred most questions to be being subject to the review. And he repeated several times that he wouldn’t say what might happen in pay negotiations (he is not directly involved) nor with future budgets.

So he competently didn’t really say much about what might change in providing health services.

There was little of value in this interview. Maybe next year, or the year after, Clark will be able to explain how he will improve health services.

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  1. Blazer

     /  June 9, 2018

    The surgeons and higher qualified staff will tell you that allocation of money is a key factor.
    Administration costs and management remuneration is way OTT .A good comparison serving a similar population base, is Queensland which gets much better value for money in that sector.

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    • Corky

       /  June 9, 2018

      Big shakeups across all DHBs at the moment, Blazer. People having to reapply for their positions, time and motion studies and more cost cutting measures. Staff are falling like flies across the country due to stress.

      Many DHB staff are applying for positions in Maori Hau Ora organisations. Hugh pay increase, flash cars and the ”Maori way of doing things.” are the big attractions.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 9, 2018

        Last paragraph. Evidence?

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        • Corky

           /  June 9, 2018

          My relatives Hau Ora. I’ve been helping out on a project for the last few days. Hence my late postings.

          Above comment: Hugh = Huge.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 9, 2018

            That’s not evidence.

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            • Corky

               /  June 9, 2018

              No, you are right. However, I can’t identify the Hauora involved. Believe it or not, it’s of no importance to me. Some of these facts will come out in the wash once DHBs are reorganised.

  2. Gezza

     /  June 9, 2018

    There’s such a consistently irritating lack of detail from most Ministers it might pay Q&A and The Nation to move to a monthly show.

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    • David

       /  June 9, 2018

      They should commission a review of NZ On Air funding, best way of stopping pesky questions like “do you have any clue on what you are doing ?” until all these reviews come back in a year or two,s time when you can say “some interesting things came out and we are looking at them in detail” and then the election campaign starts they can all go in the manifesto and then get negotiated away in coalition talks.

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  3. Corky

     /  June 9, 2018

    The Whaler reports a big claim.

    ”This month through the tip line I was told that female genital mutilation is happening in West Auckland and is being covered up by Muslim doctors. I sincerely hope that it is not true but seriously, if it is happening in every other Western country with a Muslim population why would it not be happening here in New Zealand?”

    I would bet it’s true ( similar to the British cutting season around school holiday time), but I would need further proof Muslim doctors are covering this practice up.

    But what would happen if proof was forth coming? Yeah, nothing!!

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2018/06/the-non-diverse-diversity-dinner-part-two/

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    • Corky

       /  June 9, 2018

      Opps..sorry. Should have posted this in Open Forum. However, Health Minister David Clark does have some relevance to this story. He should be onto this claim quick smart.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 9, 2018

        Do you know if this claim has been made elsewhere by a reputable news or blogsite?

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        • Corky

           /  June 9, 2018

          I don’t know, however as the article states it happens in most Muslim immigrant communities and would come as no surprise to me. It’s the claim some Muslim doctors are covering this up that needs urgent investigation. Plus border patrols around school holidays, especially Xmas time.

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