Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Capital Coast DHB problems go back to the 1990's when the former National Party Government commercialised hospitals - the days when cash registers were used to collect patient charges. The days when National tried to Americanise our hospitals and health sevices.
The Wellington Hospital's problems can be seen as commencing during that period. Those inane policies hamstrung many hospitals such as Wellington, Christchurch and Wanganui. It is rather ironic that Wellington Hospital's neighbour, Hutt Valley Health DHB, has become an efficient hospital and health provider during that period - yet both were parners in the old Wellington Hospital Board, which National scrapped in the early 1990's.
The new Health Minister David Cunliffe is on a hiding to nothing in trying to rectify a failure. Better to sack the Board and start over again. Put in a new Chairman and Board, and bring in advisors from Hutt Valley Health on how to run a hospital and administer health services there. I would personally hate to have a life threatening health problem and be admitted to Wellington hospital - there is no guarantee that I would return alive.
The Wellington Coast DHB is a classic case of another former National Government chicken coming home to roost - the chickens are coming home in droves. And National wants to become the Government again. Yeah Right!
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Who gives a stuff about the Electoral Finance Bill really? If it stops the National Party and its right wing fellow travellers from being able to "buy" an election, that almost happened last time with the Exclusive Brethren, it will be worth it!
New Zealand can not afford to have a National Party led government: They will make the Bolger/Shipley mob seem like kindergaren teachers. They intend to punish middle New Zealand for keeping them out of power for nine years. Tories believe it's their divine right to rule. Yeah right!
They have privatisation as a main part of their policies - they are telling us that 'borrowing' will be the means to finance their legislative program - do you still believe in Santa Claus?
There is one source of finance they want to get their grubby little figers on - that is the ACC investment fund of around $6 billion dollars. They'll leave two billion for existing claims, privatise ACC itself and use the remaining four billion for their plans to turn New Zealnd into a John Key paradise, and milk the country clean!