On the Marae show last Sunday alongside Dr Lance O’Sullivan, I debated the health system and it’s inequity for Māori.
It ended up being quite a robust debate which was probably necessary as Lance in my view, has said a few things that are just plain wrong.
Lance doesn’t accept that we as a Government inherited a total mess and shambles in terms of the health system; rotting hospital buildings with sewerage seeping through the walls; and an infrastructure that has had zero investment in it in the last 9 years.
He dismisses the fact that we have invested $850 million in infrastructure, and thinks our investment into under 14 year olds in terms of medical visits and community card holders is just a waste of time.
From what I can see, his solution is just to give all the money to him. And while I don’t necessarily think that an investment in Lance O’Sullivan is a bad idea, in fact it’s something that we as a government should probably think seriously about, his view that Governments should get out of the business is absolutely wrong.
We have an obligation to provide for the people of this country in the health area. Past Governments have not done well in this area, particularly in the Māori space so I know where Lance’s frustration comes from.
I have admired his work through the years as a doctor however, he has chosen to become political in the last few years so it was only appropriate that I responded, here’s the video:
Willie Jackson is the Minister for Employment