A Tony Ryall press release transfers $54.5m of taxpayers money to schemes that he claims will “provide better teamwork and provide extra help to mothers and babies who need it.” Well OK, but what kind of “help” for mothers and babies in this grand welfare state has been wanting? I can’t fathom this at all. Mothers I would assume want service from the public health system in giving birth to their babies. Has this system been found seriously wanting in the past, to the extent that it needs $54.5 million injected into it? What the hell? Have babies been dying in unprecedented numbers? Have services in this area been poor? Let’s see what it is that Ryall so desperately wishes to spend so much of other people’s money on-
“We all want the best possible services to protect the safety of mothers and babies,” Mr Ryall says. “The additional funding will support midwives, nurses and doctors to improve safety and quality in maternity and WellChild services.”
OK. This statement would imply that mothers and babies have been in some kind of “danger”. Funny thing is, I see nothing in Ryalls release that supports this claim. JUST WHAT IS THE DANGER? Where does this transferred money actually go?
$18.4 million to improve the safety and quality of services for mothers and babies, by bringing all local maternity professionals together for regular clinical reviews of all births.
$18.4 million for regular reviews? Talkfests in other words.
$6 million to revamp new parent information services.
Wow, all those people born in NZ in the past couple of centuries and it all happened without “parent information services”. Amazing, and obviously a succession of miracle events.
$6.8 million to help vulnerable mothers access a fuller range of health and social services.
Now this is what gets my goat most of all. Who and what are “vulnerable mothers” and why the hell do other NZ families struggling to keep what they earn, need to contribute to this cause? Don’t these “vulnerable mothers” have husband and families who will support them, or do they just rush headlong into motherhood and expect their neighbours and other taxpayers to pick up the tab?
One-off funding of $2 million to ensure all DHB maternity data is collected nationally.
Well what to say about this except “What, yet another useless non-performing government data base?
There is nothing in the explanation that identifies a specific danger. The premise is false and just more insulting state propaganda.
I quite like Tony Ryall. This weakly justified splurge of taxpayer’s money disappoints me. It stands with so many other examples that give the lie to John Key’s statement that he could do nothing to help NZers struggling to deal with increased living costs. This money should have stayed in the pockets of those who worked for it.