This is on you National Party
Dear National Party
Let’s put aside that you have underfunded Health by $1.7billion so that you could give your rich supporters tax cuts.
Let’s put aside that you are so ideologically driven that you have ratified the bloody TTPA even after Trump killed it.
Let’s put aside that this idealogical drive is focused on mutilating the State’s ability to raise revenue so that the State can’t afford its social obligations.
Let’s put all of that aside and look at the way you have as a Party responded to the People’s Mental Health Report.
First up was Jonathan Colman’s venomous response which was designed to appease your rump supporters rather than address the substantive issues raised.
It’s ugly of you that you would disgrace yourselves to the level of branding Mental Health Advocates as left-wing anti-Government protestors when you consider the subject matter is the suffering of our fellow New Zealanders.
This cruel and bullying knee-jerk was followed up by Bill English’s cold indifference to what was revealed in the People’s Mental Health Report.
Effectively the Prime Minister looked into the faces of the tens of thousands of New Zealanders who have suffered under a broken mental health system and said ‘Meh’ to their collective agony.
It doesn’t matter what part of the political spectrum you come from and it doesn’t matter what Party you are in, to shrug off the painful testimony of those damaged by a mental health system that isn’t functioning is a fucking disgraceful response.
As a collective Political Party you should not only be ashamed of the mental health system you have overseen for 9 years, but you should also be deeply ashamed by your response to the truth and the way you have spat in these New Zealanders faces.
We can’t let our brothers and sisters with mental illness continue to suffer in a broken system, yet your disgusting disregard for their experience under your mental health system means their evidence is treated with disrespect.
All of you should be ashamed by your politically convenient apathy.
To every other New Zealander astounded by the callous response by this National Government, sign Labour’s petition now and send a clear message that mental health must be an issue this election.
The Labour programme will provide funding for:
- Increased capacity for GPs to conduct interventions and make appropriate referrals
- Mental health service co-ordinators to be based with primary care providers
- NGOs to provide social assistance such as help getting a job or finding somewhere to live
- Increased access to counselling
- Coordinators to facilitate shared care between GPs and DHBs
It’s bad enough that the National Government oversaw this mental health collapse, it’s beyond spite that you show those suffering such contempt.