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Minister driving worsening DHB performance

The financial performance of DHBs continues to deteriorate on this Government’s watch and it’s causing real concern for the future of the health system, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


Minister must launch inquiry into PHARMAC decision

The Health Minister’s first act of 2020 should be to establish a ministerial inquiry into PHARMAC’s decision to switch to Logem – the generic form of epilepsy drug lamotrigine –...


Ministerial inquiry into PHARMAC decision needed

David Clark should hold a ministerial inquiry into PHARMAC’s decision to switch to the generic form of epilepsy drug lamotrigine which may have resulted in four deaths, National’s Health spokesperson...


Yeah, nah to National’s vaping offer

The Government has thumbed its nose at National’s offer to cooperative on a regulatory regime for vaping products, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Several weeks ago, Leader of the...


DHBs said they were compliant with Holidays Act

New documents released under the Official Information Act show David Clark’s attempt to blame the previous Government for the Holidays Act debacle isn’t grounded in facts, National’s Health spokesperson Michael...


DHB deficits out of control, health services at risk

Health Minister David Clark has let DHB deficits blow out to a billion dollars putting the sustainability of New Zealand’s health services in crisis, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


Where are the numbers, Minister?

Health Minister David Clark has dragged his heels and almost 100 days after the end of the financial year he still hasn’t published data on elective surgery numbers, National’s Health...


Minister must reassure New Zealanders after cybersecurity breach

The Minister of Health must act swiftly to reassure New Zealanders that their health records are secure in the wake of a potentially significant cybersecurity breach at one of the...


No leadership in measles vaccine messaging

The Government’s messaging around the current measles outbreak is confused and often contradictory and that’s not helping people at risk of contracting the disease, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


Government let measles get out of control

The Government has known measles outbreaks have been sweeping the country for months and should have ordered more vaccines far sooner, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “There were three...