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Nine Weeks Of Herceptin - The Cheap Option For Kiwi Women

Posted on 21 Mar 2007
Provisional approval from District Health Boards for a nine-week course of Herceptin is a cost-cutting measure that will fail thousands of Kiwi women with HER2-positive breast cancer, says ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy.

Health Ministry Management In Critical Condition

Posted on 20 Feb 2007
A Treasury report highlighting management problems at the Ministry of Health coupled with a Ministry of Health internal review shows that management at the Ministry is in critical condition, said ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

McKesson Healthline Contract Leaves Questions Over Transparency

Posted on 10 Feb 2007
ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy is questioning the transparency of the Ministry of Health's tender process, after the Ministry announced today that McKesson NZ was the preferred tenderer for Healthline.

Heather Roy's Diary

Posted on 27 Jan 2007
Health Spending Since Labour came to power in 1999 there has been a 40% expansion in health spending.  Few of us would complain that government now spends one in five taxpayer dollars on healthcare, were it not for the distressing fact that patients and people working at the "front line" can see little change.

Talking or Taking Action on the Health Workforce

Posted on 20 Jul 2006
Health Minister Pete Hodgson today admitted in Parliament that the distribution of General Practitioners around the country was creating problems, says ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Govt Health Workforce Planning A Sick Joke

Posted on 18 Jul 2006
Millions of dollars have been poured into the Health Workforce Advisory Committee, and the 'action committee' on the health workforce announced two months ago still doesn't exist, according to parliamentary questions received by ACT's Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Scalpel Needed For Health Red Tape

Posted on 01 Jul 2006
Departing Waitemata District Health Board CEO Wayne Crombie is a loss both to the Board and to the public health system, says ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Labour's Failure Leaves Plunket Holding The Baby

Posted on 28 Jun 2006
Today's presentation of a petition calling on the Government to save Plunketline will be déjà vu for people remembering an almost identical petition backed by Labour in 1999, says ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Reconsider Costly Wellington Health Lab Contract

Posted on 22 Jun 2006
ACT's Health Spokesman, Heather Roy, has written to the Minister of Health, asking him to reconsider his endorsement in Parliament yesterday of Capital and Coast and Hutt Valley District Health Boards' decision to charge for lab tests ordered by private specialists.

Warning For All In Wellington Health Contracts

Posted on 17 Jun 2006
ACT Health spokesman Heather Roy is warning that patients around the country can expect to receive a bill for laboratory tests if changes in Wellington's lab contracts are expanded.
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