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No Apology Necessary, Mr Cunliffe

Posted on 01 Feb 2008

It is very ironic that Health Minister David Cunliffe has today launched a review into the problems with cardiothoracic services at Capital & Coast DHB, following patient deaths in Hawkes Bay brought to light by me at the beginning of December, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

What About Tertiary Services, Minister?

Posted on 14 Dec 2007

It was extremely disappointing to note that Health Minister David Cunliffe made no mention of improving tertiary services at Capital & Coast DHB - especially cardio thoracic surgery - to other DHBs in the Central region in his media release and Ministerial statement yesterday, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

Business As Usual At CCDHB

Posted on 13 Dec 2007
 

It appears to be a case of business at usual for Capital & Coast District Health Board – the newly-appointed Crown Monitor will report directly to Health Minister David Cunliffe, when the focus should be one of independent decision-making for the health and safety of patients and staff alike, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy said today.

“ACT believes an independent commissioner should have been appointed – someone with a proven record of turning troubled organisations around, the ability to think outside the square and the authority to form their own team. They would remain free of the political meddling from Labour and the Health Ministry that is endemic in the health system,” Mrs Roy said.

Minister Cunliffe Caught Out On CCDHB

Posted on 08 Dec 2007

The article in the latest edition of the 'Hawkes Bay Today' newspaper flies in the face of Health Minister David Cunliffe's claim that I was effectively lying when I stated in the House that people from other hospitals were dying as a result of Capital & Coast DHB's failures, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy said today.

Action, Not Reports, Needed At CCDHB

Posted on 06 Dec 2007

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today labelled the confidential health report into Capital & Coast DHB leaked to the 'Dominion Post' little more than bureaucratic rhetoric, and said that it was a document clearly written by managers for managers.

Independent Trouble-Shooter Needed For CCDHB

Posted on 05 Dec 2007

ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman and Wellington-based MP Heather Roy today called for Capital & Coast District Health Board members to be stood down, and called for an independent commissioner to be appointed to resolve the terminal crisis at the ailing public health service.

Tragedy Highlights Dangers In Maternity Services

Posted on 04 Dec 2007

The death of a newborn baby girl just hours after she and her mother were discharged early from Wellington Hospital is a terrible calamity - one which highlights the very real dangers that have arisen from the crisis currently faced by maternity services throughout the country, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

New Birthing Experience: Give Birth, Get Paid, Go Home

Posted on 29 Nov 2007

Capital & Coast DHB's plan to bribe new mothers into leaving Wellington Hospital is a total cop out that will see mothers most in need suffer the greatest, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

Cunliffe Follows Predecessors' Mis-Guided Footsteps

Posted on 07 Nov 2007

New Health Minister David Cunliffe was completely out of line when he blamed Boardmembers for the raft of problems being faced by the beleaguered Capital & Coast District Health Board, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

Laws To Learn The Hard Health Lesson

Posted on 07 Nov 2007

Wanganui District Health Boardmember Michael Laws' enthusiasm for representing his community is laudable - but he will soon learn that he is expected to do nothing more than tow the Labour Government line, ACT New Zealand Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.

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