1 September 2016 MEDIA STATEMENT
Tairawhiti District Health Board’s budget blowout of nearly $5 million, despite budgeting for a small surplus, is a sign the board is under-funded by the Government and not able to meet cost pressures, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“I have the utmost respect for the health professionals in Tairawhiti DHB and this deficit is a sign of the increasing stress placed on the health system.
“This National Government has under-funded the entire health sector by $1.7 billion and now we are seeing the effects of this here in the provinces.
“Last year, 481 people in Tairawhiti DHB were denied operations after being referred by their GP and Tairawhiti has eight fewer doctors and seven fewer nurses than planned for.
“Cutting health spending undermines our regional economy and harms our people; people seeking quality healthcare and also our health professionals who find themselves under mounting pressure.
“Everyone suffers when our DHB is under such severe pressure and I’ll be asking the Health Minister to take this issue seriously,” says Meka Whaitiri.