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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....


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...