Privatise Wellington Hospital!

08 November 2007 16:50:00

Libertarianz Health Spokesman Richard McGrath says radical measures
now need to be taken if Wellington Hospital is to be salvaged. “The
loss of another specialist from Capital & Coast DHB is a further
indication of the dysfunction and chaos that is inevitable under the
Marxist paradigm of rationed health care,” he added.

“Our new health minister, the ‘socialist who can count’, may have done
a tally of the current number of paediatric oncologists in Wellington
Hospital – a big fat zero. In a free market capitalist system, the
supply of oncologists would tend to match demand and there would be
downward pressure on the price of services as the number of
specialists in a given locality increased.”

“Under the current pseudo-corporate public hospital structure, there
is no relationship between demand and supply. Provision of services is
crippled by the massive army of self-serving make-work bureaucrats
both within our public hospitals and in the health ministry, most of
whom would be redundant in the context of a free health care market.”

“If Wellington Hospital is to be saved from total collapse, urgent
measures are needed. Firstly, begin the privatization by telling the
current board and chief executive to clear their desks, and appointing
interim board members from the private sector who would in turn
appoint a new temporary CEO.”

“Secondly, distribute shares in Wellington Hospital to the people of
the greater Wellington area, so that they can hold them as an
investment, sell them on for cash, or pool them with others to form
shareholder pressure groups.”

“Thirdly, allow medical, nursing and other groups from the private
sector to rent space in Wellington Hospital for provision of the care
that is obviously needed.”

“People are dying on public hospital waiting lists in our capital
city, and children have to be flown across the country for cancer
treatment – the situation is intolerable,” McGrath said.

“It’s enough to make you vote Libertarianz!”

ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Richard McGrath
Libertarianz Health Spokesman
MB ChB DipObst PGCertTravMed
Phone 027 322 2907
Email: [email protected]

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