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Tuesday 22 November 2005 Hansard source (external site)

Street6. MARYAN STREET (Labour) Link to this
to the Minister of Health

What progress has been made in upgrading New Zealand hospitals?

HodgsonHon PETE HODGSON (Minister of Health) Link to this

This Government is committed to rebuilding the hospital infrastructure of New Zealand from Kaitāiato Invercargill. The Government has, under the watch of my predecessor, the Hon Annette King, shown that commitment by the largest investment in public hospital infrastructure for a generation.

StreetMaryan Street Link to this

How does the Government’s hospital upgrades programme, then, compare with the efforts of previous administrations?

HodgsonHon PETE HODGSON Link to this

The Labour-led Government’s historic investment in upgrading hospitals and opening new facilities stands in stark contrast to the previous National Government’s programme of closures and under-investment in New Zealand’s hospitals. Between 1991 and 1999 the National Government closed 38 public hospitals. We are building new ones, and the difference between that party and this is that those members have tax cuts on their minds.

TuriaTariana Turia Link to this

How can the Minister justify a reduction in the number of beds following the upgrade of Wellington Hospital, and what contribution will this reduction make towards reducing waiting lists?

HodgsonHon PETE HODGSON Link to this

The number of beds in New Zealand has been reducing for about a century. The new hospital, Wellington base hospital, being built by this Labour Government will be a modern hospital, a good hospital, and suitable for the needs of the Wellington Capital and Coast region in the years 2005 and beyond.

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