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Primary Sector Visa to provide certainty for rural employers

National is proposing a Primary Sector Visa to help provide workforce certainty for employers in the primary sector, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.


Health budget littered with broken promises

Today’s Budget announcements for Vote Health amount to nothing more than another failure in this Government’s self-proclaimed ‘year of delivery’, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.


Minister should apologise twice to independent midwives

The Ministry of Health’s quiet apology to the New Zealand College of Midwives (NZCOM) for failing to secure adequate remuneration in Budget 2018 should have come from the Minister himself,...


Blue & Gold - May 2019

Blue & Gold - May 2019 Some Good to Come Out of Tragedy March 15 2019 will remain in our memories for ever as the day New Zealand lost its...


More people missing out on doctors visits due to cost

The number of adults who aren’t seeing their doctor because of the price has increased by 38,000, making a mockery of the Health Minister’s promise to improve access to affordable...


Junior doctors’ strike putting lives at risk

This week’s junior doctors’ strike will not only cause mass disruption but could put lives at risk, National’s Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Up to 4000 doctors are striking for...


National offers conditional support for Waikato DHB appointment

National is offering cautious support for the Government’s intention to replace the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) with a commissioner, but on the condition David Clark commits to returning the...


Health Minister needs to sort his mess out before doctors strike

The decision made by junior doctors to walk off the job for five days will cause enormous disruption and needs to be addressed by Health Minister David Clark, National Spokesperson...


Pharmac inquiry voted down by Government members

The Government’s underfunding of medicines is behind their failure to support a Health Select Committee Inquiry into Pharmac, says National Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse. “National members voted in favour and...


Clark presiding over record sea of red ink in DHBs

The Health Minister must be in panic mode this close to the Budget and with every single District Health Board in overdraft, meaning they will struggle to fund any new...