Govt health cuts to blame for strike action

The Government must restore some of the millions of dollars it has eroded from the health budget, in order to avoid medical workers’ conditions being cut, and head off impending strike action, the Green Party said today.

People who work at Auckland’s three District Health Boards’ (DHB) have announced they will strike on April 8th over moves to cut the pay of new medical staff and reduce the working conditions of current staff in order to fund expanded services in Auckland.

“It’s wrong for the DHBs to expand their services at the expense of their own staff and it is wrong of the Government to starve the DHBs of funding so they resort to such unfair tactics,” Green Party Health spokesperson Kevin Hague said today.

“The National Government has underfunded health by about 1 billion since 2009/10 by failing to keep funding in line with inflation and population growth. These effective funding cuts are leaving DHBs struggling, and that is ultimately hurting workers and patients.

“Health Minister Jonathan Coleman is refusing to admit that if more people need more healthcare, then the Government has to provide more funding,” Mr Hague said. 

Latest Health Announcements

Story

Migrant healthcare workers need fair pay as well as residency

Migrant nurses, aged-care and support workers need fair pay as well as equitable pathways to residency, not half-baked measures from National.
Read More

Story

Nurses could face pay cut under National

A National Government would leave nurses behind, the Green Party says.
Read More

Story

Budget 2022: Greens MP Dr Elizabeth Kerekere says wins for health not enough for Māori or Rainbow

Today Greens Te Mātāwaka Chair and Health Spokesperson, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere, said “The Greens have long campaigned for an independent Māori Healt...
Read More

Story

Green Party supports nurses’ ERA decision

The Green Party supports nurses’ continued push for pay equity and calls on the Government to deliver the back pay they had expected.
Read More

Story

Allied health workers deserve better conditions

The Green Party is throwing its support behind the 10,000 allied health workers taking work-to-rule industrial action today because of unfair pay a...
Read More

Story

Keep masks in schools to protect tamariki

The Green Party does not support the Government’s decision to move Aotearoa to ‘orange’, or the removal of mask rules for schools.
Read More