June 28, 2022
Wrong time for Māori Health Authority says Reti
National Party health spokesperson Shane Reti says the shift to a new health structure will do nothing for a system in crisis.
On Friday the Māori Health Authority officially starts work, and Health NZ will take over the functions of the district health boards.
Dr Reti says his sympathies are with the workers.
“They’re working under really trying conditions. They’re exhausted, There’s not enough of them. They don’t feel they have a minister who supports them. Then when we look across the reports we are getting, long ED waiting times, more than 36,000 people waiting more than four months to see a specialist, this is all a system in crisis and a system that is slowly breaking,” he says.
Dr Reti also questions the wisdom of making the move in the middle of a pandemic.