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PHARMAC’s flatlining funding by stealth

The Labour-led Government is attempting to hide its shameful underfunding of medicines by peddling the myth that a transfer of purchasing responsibility constitutes a funding increase, National’s Health spokesperson Michael...


Ideology on the menu but no beef

Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter’s assertion that climate change is the foremost public health issue will come as news to the many thousands of New Zealanders suffering from cancer,...


Government admits DHB budget blowout

It’s easy to see why Health Minister David Clark was reluctant to release data on DHBs’ financial performance because they’ve shown a budget blowout, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


Minister tricky on DHB finances

David Clark has claimed he cannot provide information on the financial performance of DHBs despite having the data since June, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “When asked for information...


Government’s reforms devastating for Otago Polytech

The Government’s decision to strip Otago Polytechnic of assets and send all power to centralised polytechnic is devastating for our region, List MP based in Dunedin Michael Woodhouse says. “The...


Government looking muddled on cancer plan

The much lauded cancer plan to be announced ‘in the coming weeks’ has turned out to be a consultation document which won’t address the immediate needs of cancer sufferers across...


Ideology getting in the way of Kiwis’ health

The Government’s ideology is actively discouraging DHBs from using the private sector, resulting in New Zealanders missing out on much-needed surgeries, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The length of...


The Nation: National Health Spokesman Michael Woodhouse

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1907/S00165/the-nation-national-health-spokesman-michael-woodhouse.htm   On Newshub Nation: Simon Shepherd interviews National Party Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse Simon Shepherd: The National Party proposed its own medicinal cannabis scheme last year. Its Health Spokesperson,...


Proper policy process up in smoke

The Government’s announcement that, despite passing legislation last year, it’s now consulting with the public on proposed regulation and standards on medicinal cannabis shows just how badly it has managed...


Capital charge changes merely a Band-Aid

Today’s announcement that the Government will assist District Health Boards (DHB) with their capital charge costs doesn’t address the underlying causes of their deficits, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....