Monday, September 8, 2008

The state hospital killing fields

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?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What scope is there for the private sector to help?

The private sector cannot "help".

BUT the private sector is the solution.

Close down all the state-socialist hospitals, fire everybody, sell them as property...

And the free market will provide far better health-care that NZs' socialist/communist managers could ever imagine!

Anonymous said...

Cun*lips keeps on saying they have built all these hospitals - what he is not saying is that they are smaller than those that they are replacing. Auckland Hospital had about 660 beds when the new hospital opened - this to replace the old hospital, Greenlane and National Women's. There was also a massive reduction in the number of operating rooms.

Since 2003 - 04 there has been a battle for OR space, bed space and intensive care space. There might be more spent on health care, but it certainly is not being spent at the coal face. Bed occupancy runs over 85% and OR occupancy way above 85% which are an international benchmarks for max flexible capacities. This means that there will be cancellations at all times - not just winter. And this means that there will be long waiting lists for appointments with specialists, for operations, etc.

Although there have been massive reductions to waiting lists it has been done by altering cut off levels for GP referrals and for surgery - just so that we can have the Health Minister get up in Parliament and lie about how well the health service is doing.

Let me assure you that the health services are about to collapse. The young Kiwi doctors and specialists are moving to Australia - for double the pay and better working conditions. There are no applicants to fill the shoes of the older doctors as they retire or to develop services to meet international standards. Even our traditional source of foreign doctors (the Brits) have stopped applying for jobs here.

Psycho Milt said...

The state hospital killing fields

You seem to delight in making rods for John Key's back, Fairfacts. Shall I save this up for when he's been in power a couple of years, and the public health system still can't cope with demand, just as it couldn't under the last National govt? Surely it will only be fair to compare him then with Pol Pot, as you're doing to Clark?

...the free market will provide far better health-care that NZs' socialist/communist managers could ever imagine!

"Yes sir! The finest, most superb health care that you can afford! What? You got no money? Fuck off and die."