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To: Wellington and Kāpiti Coast Members of Parliament

Save Our Public Healthcare: Wellington and Kāpiti Coast Members of Parliament

Save Our Public Healthcare: Wellington and Kāpiti Coast Members of Parliament

To whoever wants to win our vote in 2017,

We call on you to restore at least $1.85 billion in Government funding to our public healthcare system.

We also seek your commitment to ensuring future annual health budgets cover:
- provision for new treatments
- population growth
- demographic changes
- inflation

Why is this important?

The local petitions for each DHB area were handed in to Parliament in May 2017!

Read the story of the local volunteers and their campaign to Save our Public Health system: 'Health volunteers step it up a level' https://medium.com/actionstation/our-volunteer-campaigners-step-it-up-a-level-ebe7fdc8ea74

Background

"It's very dangerous. If this continues we will slide into an American-style healthcare system." - Phil Bagshaw (Canterbury Charity Hospital founder and editorial co-author of the report: Funding New Zealand's healthcare system).

We all want our friends and family to be happy and in good health. When illness or accidents happen, we want to know they can get the healthcare they need, when they need it.

But the government has been underfunding our public healthcare system for almost a decade, putting good health and peace of mind out of reach for hundreds of thousands of people.

Today, our Health Budget is missing $1.85 billion in vital funds. [1] These are not just numbers on a spreadsheet. Each funding cut represents a person who might not receive a hip operation, cancer screening, counselling service or hospital bed because they can’t be funded.

Here are the facts:
* One in nine Kiwis are not getting the GP care they need because they cannot afford it. [2]
* There has been an almost 300 percent increase in crisis mental health referrals over the past five years and mental health workers are struggling to cope. [3]
* $1.85 billion is the increase in funding required to restore our overall health budget to the same proportion of the economy (GDP) as it was in the year to June 2010 when the underfunding crisis began​​.

The Government could afford to fund our healthcare system properly. They choose not to. In fact, the reported government surplus is almost exactly the same amount as the amount of underfunding.

Please take action today and sign your name. ​Together we can ensure Aotearoa New Zealand has a public health care system we can all be proud of.

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References:
[1] Did the Budget provide enough for health 2016? CTU Budget Analysis (please note the figures used in this study were conservative and we’ve since spoken to the authors who gave us the updated figure of $1.85b)
[2] Half a million Kiwis not receiving healthcare because of costs, Ged Cann, Stuff News, 3rd November 2016
[3] Mental health workers struggling to cope, RNZ, 7th June 2016

Wellington, New Zealand

Maps © Stamen; Data © OSM and contributors, ODbL


Reasons for signing

  • I have great admiration for our healthcare workers who are often under stress because of govt under funding our health care system.
  • Taking care of ourselves and getting health care when we need will make life easier for everyone. Getting what we need when sick, shouldn't be hard.
  • Our Healthcare system is very poor now. It is in great need of an overhaul so that it is more accessible.

Updates

2017-04-30 18:35:33 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2016-12-23 21:09:39 +1300

Public healthcare is being eroded in Australia too. Check out Get Up's campaign to fight back:

https://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/medicare/join-the-fight-to-save-medicare/let-s-save-our-medicare?t=b2qOXSPX7

2016-12-03 16:24:22 +1300

Stuck in a rut: the loopholes in our primary health system:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/86969264/stuck-in-a-rut-the-loopholes-in-our-primary-health-system

2016-11-11 20:25:33 +1300

The Treasury has flagged concerns over sudden downturn in DHB finances and raised concerns over service delivery:

http://ssl-www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/86184278/Treasury-flags-concerns-over-downturn-in-DHB-finances

2016-10-20 11:23:12 +1300

500 signatures reached

2016-10-19 14:18:04 +1300

Capital & Coast District Health Board Results

The results are in and our democratically elected members of the Capital and Coast District Health Board are:

WILDE Fran
KEDGLEY Sue
BROWN Eileen
COFFEY 'Ana
DRIVER Sue
BLAKELEY Roger
ADAMS Kathryn

We can follow their progress here:
http://www.ccdhb.org.nz/meetings/

And we can contact them through the CCDHB here:
http://www.ccdhb.org.nz/contact.htm

2016-09-29 02:10:16 +1300

Capital & Coast District Health Board Election Candidate Information

With the DHB elections coming up we thought it would be good to share some information regarding the candidates opinions and experience. Luckily for us, the Public Health Association of New Zealand has compiled this scorecard:
http://www.pha.org.nz/branches/wellington/FINAL-PHA-Scorecard-Single-sided-compressed.pdf

For more information on the process:
http://www.pha.org.nz/branches/wellington/Process-and-criteria-for-scoring-CCDHB-candidates-final.pdf

For more information on the candidates responses:
http://www.pha.org.nz/branches/wellington/Responses_FINAL(2)_160906.pdf

For more information on the Public Health Association of New Zealand:
http://www.pha.org.nz/about.html

2016-07-19 19:46:11 +1200

100 signatures reached

2016-07-19 17:39:18 +1200

50 signatures reached

2016-07-19 16:56:34 +1200

25 signatures reached

2016-06-08 14:46:38 +1200

10 signatures reached