Go hard or go home. Labour has NOT gone home!
- All DHBs will be replaced by one national health body, Health New Zealand
- A new Māori health authority will be created, with power to commission health services
- A new Public Health agency will be created
- The Ministry of Health will be bolstered and will monitor performance, and advise the Government
There are two huge take aways here.
The first is the confidence of this Labour Party to embark upon such enormous reform, you only try this if you believe you are going to win the next election.
The second is that Covid taught the entire system that the free market can’t and won’t save people and Labour have finally stepped up to that lesson. The neoliberal experiment of splintering services so that that they can’t fight back under the guise of competition and choice is dead.
This is the biggest change in Health Care for a generation and marks the greatest departure from neoliberalism we have ever seen.
It’s no longer ‘communism by stealth’ if the entire country is shouting for it.
Now we need this courage by creating a Ministry of Works to build State Houses and reform the toxic culture inside MSD & WINZ.
This Public Health announcement makes me feel hopeful and proud.
Standing ovation for Labour.
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