This is a bloody joke!
The Government on Tuesday announced it would be launching a review into Pharmac, but its total budget wouldn’t be part of that. Instead it will only look at how it performs against its objectives, concerns around transparency, how quickly it makes decisions and whether they are equitable.
If any review of Pharmac ignores the budget, the entire thing is a sham!
We all love the bulk buying power of Pharmac, but t hasn’t been given the extra funding to be able to ensure Kiwi’s can gt the latest medicines for a huge number of diseases.
The problem with Pharmac is that it hasn’t ben given the extra funding it needs to be able to make that next leap to ensure those new medicines are available, instead they have used a utilitarian approach which ignores a huge swathe of the NZ population who require more than hip replacements and bog standard medicine.
I’ve had the privilege of knowing Malcolm Mulholland. since MANA days, and his fight to force the Pharmac budget up is righteous.
To call for a meaningless review that focuses on the symptoms and not the disease is spineless politics.
We deserve better than this whitewash.
You would think that at a time when Pharmac’s cost cutting mindset may have contributed to suicides that revising its budget made sense.
Apparently this Government are more focused on keeping the Wellington Bureaucrats happy than sick Kiwis.
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