April 23, 2021
Collins’s prescription leaves Maori separated
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says the National Party’s prescription for Māori health is an early death.
National’s leader Judith Collins has described the proposed Māori Health Authority as separatist, and said a future National Government would scrap the reforms and go back to district health boards.
Mr Waititi says it’s the current system which is separatist, because it consistently delivers poorer outcomes for Māori.
“We need to start making some changes based on equity and not equality – equality means we get seen at the same rate as Pākehā at 65 years old. Māori are dying 10 years earlier so equity means we get treated 10 years earlier. That is what the National Party is agreeing to, they are quite happy for Māori to die 10 years earlier,” he says.
Mr Waititi says the Māori Healh Authority should not duplicate what already exists, but must be designed for transformative change and have the resources to deliver that.
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