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Heather Roy's Diary

Posted on 08 Aug 2008

Eight is an auspicious number to the Chinese, as it signifies wealth.  Thus, the Beijing Games begin today at 8:08am (Beijing time), on the eighth day of the eighth month of the eighth year.  We wish our Olympians well and know they will compete to the best of their abilities.  Hopefully Sport & Recreation Minister Clayton Cosgrove doesn't have a rush of blood to the head on their return - as did his predecessor Trevor Mallard after the last Olympics - and lambast them for not winning enough medals.

Herceptin Decision Saves Money, Not Lives

Posted on 08 Aug 2008

ACT Deputy Leader and Health Spokesman Heather Roy today demanded to know why the Labour-led Government could find $25 million to save endangered snails, but cannot provide drug-buying agency PHARMAC with the funds to give cancer sufferers a 12-month course of Herceptin treatment.

Minister Cunliffe Finally Signs Up To ACT Policy

Posted on 01 Aug 2008

ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Health Spokesman Heather Roy today congratulated Health Minister David Cunliffe for heeding ACT policy with his call for a greater collaboration between public and private health providers.

No One Else Surprised By After-Hours Fees

Posted on 29 Jul 2008

It should come as absolutely no surprise to anyone that a Health Ministry survey has shown that patients are being charged up to $250 to see an after-hours GP, ACT New Zealand Deputy Leader and Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

ACT Backs Docs' Call For Wide Maternity Inquiry

Posted on 08 Jul 2008

ACT Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today put her support behind doctors calling for the Government's review of maternity services to be extended into a wider inquiry, and said that Wellington is not the only region in crisis.

Heather Roy's Diary

Posted on 04 Jul 2008

It's been a frightening week in Health - a baby is dead after a midwife failed to detect a breech (feet first) presentation, the Health Ministry is proposing to make all those who 'go private' pay full cost for their prescriptions, and the Government is looking at introducing 'mega' hospitals and downsizing regional services.

Review Too Little Too Late For Lost Babies

Posted on 02 Jul 2008

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today demanded to know why another baby had to die before Health Minister David Cunliffe stopped sitting on his hands and took action to address the Wellington Region's crisis in maternity services.

DHB Financial Crisis Impacting On Wellingtonians

Posted on 06 Jun 2008

The deepening financial crisis at Capital & Coast District Health Board is impacting severely on the provision of health services for Wellington patients, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy said today.

Election Bribe Two: Small Health Injection

Posted on 19 May 2008

Health Minister David Cunliffe's announcement yesterday of a $35 million injection annually into elective surgery and services in an election year is the latest example of Labour's modus operandi of picking winners, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

Time To Address The REAL Problem In Health

Posted on 18 Apr 2008

While the Labour-led Government and the National Party argue back and forth over what to do about the problems in the health sector, the reality is that no one is looking at the real problems - workforce issues and productivity, or lack thereof, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

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