Cutting waste could bring Abby Hartley home

BY ACT at 29 August, 2018


ACT Leader David Seymour suggests the Government could cut its wasteful projects and instead bring Abby Hartley home.


Ms Hartley is fighting for her life in a Bali hospital with a condition for which she has no insurance.


“The current Government has splashed the cash from day one, and complained that there isn’t enough funding for core services.


“Well, here’s an opportunity for them to show they can prioritise the important

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