Partisan health review a joke

BY ACT at 29 May, 2018


The Government’s announcement that a review of the health system will be run by an advisor to the Prime Minister shows it is a completely partisan affair, says David Seymour.


“Heather Simpson is still listed as being employed in the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s office.


“There is no way that this review can deliver an objective and impartial view of the problems facing our health system.


“It is a completely political

Dismissal of Dunedin Hospital PPP ideological

BY ACT at 5 May, 2018


“The decision of the Government to dismiss without consideration the option of delivering the new Dunedin Hospital by public-private partnership is purely ideological”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“It has disregarded the advice of Treasury who said that ‘a PPP should remain under active consideration’ because it ‘enforces best practice’, provides ‘opportunities for innovation’ and ‘limits the risk of construction cost overruns’.


“We hear constantly from government Ministers that they don’t

Middlemore a prime example of public sector incompetence

BY ACT at 23 March, 2018


“So far, $11 million of operations, doctor’s appointments, and prescriptions have been lost thanks to incompetent government management by National and Labour”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Leaky building issues at Middlemore Hospital shows the problem with governments owning assets – they are poor managers of capital.


“This is a good lesson in property rights.


“Private owners of assets have strong financial incentives to maximise their value because they get the

Coleman must commit on IORT

BY David Seymour at 6 June, 2017

“Health Minister Jonathan Coleman must say what international studies he is waiting on and what he’d need to see from them before introducing Intraoperative Radiotherapy Treatment to New Zealand’s public healthcare system,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Today in Parliament, the Minister batted away any commitment to introducing IORT, saying that he would wait for international studies expected in 2020.

“The Minister was extremely vague, he did not say what those studies are. He would

David Seymour to the Minister of Health

BY David Seymour at 6 June, 2017

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Minister of Health: Has he seen the TARGIT study of 3,451 women in 11 countries with breast cancer, which found that intraoperative radiotherapy has similar survival and recurrence rates, and significantly fewer mortalities from other complications after 5 years than external beam radiotherapy, and what progress is being made introducing intraoperative radiotherapy into the New Zealand Public Health Service?

Hon Dr JONATHAN COLEMAN (Minister of