About a year ago, I experienced the horror of the overcrowded North Shore Hospital, where patients were kept in corridors awaiting treatment.
Apparantly, this can be fatal, with studies showing such methods cause 400 deaths a year- equivalent to the road toll.
Now, Liarbour says it has increased the health budget signifiantly but what are we getting for it when the problems remain. However,we seem to have been spared many of the horror stories of last year.
There again, can National do any better? But it seems the problem is more about how health is run rather than money. What scope is there for the private sector to help?