March 25, 2021
Claimants shut out of health authority plan
The National Urban Māori Authority says health claimants should be more involved in designing the new Māori health authority.
Its chair, Lady Tureiti Moxon, says work on the plan is being by a small transition unit within the Heath Ministry.
Health Minister Andrew Little announced this week the Government intends to go beyond the recommendations of the Health and Disability System Review Report led by Heather Simpson to give greater expression to tino rangatiratanga, but Lady Moxon says the proposals are short on detail.
"Claimants are not at the table so we get a cabinet paper which is heavily redacted. You can't follow what the actual thinking is. It's almost as if you have to fight for every morsel of information. They could do a bit better on communicating with us and actually using the talents and skills Māori have around that table," she says.
Lady Moxon says an authority is essential because of deep seated inequities in the health system.
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