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Hutt DHB Considering The Right Prescription

Posted on 06 Apr 2006
ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy today congratulated the Hutt District Health Board, and Board member Peter McCardle, for having the courage to investigate providing funding for patients who seek private treatment.

Health Testing Failed by Conflict Of Interest

Posted on 04 Apr 2006
New arrangements creating a conflict of interest for District Health Boards mean that all of Wellington's community diagnostic laboratories face closure, said ACT's health spokesperson, Heather Roy.

Mr Hodgson: Tear Down This Wall

Posted on 30 Mar 2006
Revelations that surgery at Auckland Hospital can cost up to twice as much as private hospital treatment is an example of why greater public-private co-operation in healthcare is necessary, says ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy.

Lies, Damned Lies and PHARMAC Statistics

Posted on 21 Mar 2006
Figures showing that Australia funds 37% more pharmaceutical products than New Zealand highlights why a proper review of PHARMAC is necessary, says ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Red Tape Leaves GPs In Critical Condition

Posted on 21 Mar 2006
A new report from the College of GPs warning that nearly a third of family doctors are looking to change jobs within five years is not the first warning about the critical condition of general practice, says ACT Health spokesman, Heather Roy.

First Reading Speech on the New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Enhancement of Competition) Amendment Bill

Posted on 16 Mar 2006
Madam Speaker, I move that the New Zealand Public Health and Disability (Enhancement of Competition) Amendment Bill be now read a first time.

PHARMAC Bill Going Before Parliament Today

Posted on 16 Mar 2006
A Bill by ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy, which would remove PHARMAC's exemption from Part 2 of the Commerce Act, is due to be debated by Parliament today.

Commission Stigmatises Compulsory Treatment

Posted on 07 Mar 2006
Today's call from the Mental Health Commission for a reduction in compulsory treatment orders is irrational and irresponsible, says ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

Elective Surgery: So Many, Waiting So Long, For So Little

Posted on 07 Mar 2006
Figures showing a decrease in elective surgery in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch only tell half the sorry story of Labour's failure in health, according to ACT Health Spokesman, Heather Roy.

DHB Deficit Control is 'Mission Impossible'

Posted on 28 Feb 2006
Labour's projections for the combined District Health Board (DHB) deficit have been blown out of the water with the announcement that the six-month deficit to December 2005 was $26.5 million, ACT Health Spokesman Heather Roy said today.
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