Christchurch Mail - - HEALTH AND WELLBEING -

New Zealand Democrats for So­cial Credit Port Hills can­di­date Gary Gribben calls for a free and fully funded health care ser­vice ‘‘sec­ond to no other in the world.’’

The Democrats will es­tab­lish an in­de­pen­dent ‘‘Health Ad­vi­sory Board’’ to re­view and ad­min­is­ter health needs and ‘‘health re­sources will be al­lo­cated to need rather than the avail­abil­ity of funds.’’

Early in­ter­ven­tion of health is­sues were im­per­a­tive.

‘‘[It] is cheaper, more ef­fi­cient and pa­tient friendly than wait­ing for the prob­lem to grow.’’

He said that men­tal health was ‘‘as im­por­tant to hu­man well­be­ing as good phys­i­cal health’’ and that al­ter­na­tive forms of medicine has a pos­i­tive role to play for health care.

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