MidCentral Health must be one of the sickest, most bad-mannered organisations in New Zealand. With regard to the provision of ongoing rheumatology specialists they have failed miserably, not only in their lack of assured continuation of the service, but more so in their complete inability to communicate with the people most affected – the patients. No letter has been sent to the patients. No correspondence has been supplied to Arthritis Support Groups.
I only found out that I had been discharged – ‘‘struck off the list’’ - when I made a personal enquiry as to why my usual appointment had not been notified. I have since been contacted by other patients who have similarly been struck off. It’s distressing given that we had a helpful and trusting relationship with Dr Gear (now retired).
The current off-hand behaviour of MidCentral Health is perceived not only as an insult to his professionalism but also as maltreatment of those afflicted by arthritis. It does not go away, and neither will our criticism of a rundown public health system that has proven it doesn’t even have the in-house initiative or skills capable of posting a letter.
Christina Paton, Foxton Beach
I amappalled and shocked at the impending closure of the Feilding SPCA. It’s come about just when rescue shelters are needed more, not less. As the economic climate brings about more poverty and hardship, the abandonment and neglect of animals increases.
Yes, set up a doggy day care to help fund the SPCA (both centres ) but not take away this valuable shelter. Feilding SPCA volunteers have worked damn hard over the years to keep it going and have done a fantastic job. This decision is an insult to them and a devastating move for the animals that need to be rescued.
Palmerston North SPCA already have a terrible reputation for turning away animals, and picking and choosing what they will take, so what is it going to be like when Feilding is gone? As if the meagre extensions in Palmerston North are going to compensate - it’s a damn travesty. Feilding is a wealthy farming community, yet, unlike the Palmerston North branch which is funded a certain amount annually by the city council, it has had to struggle all these years without any regular funding from the Feilding District Council. Feilding people should be up in arms about this but sadly are not.
Jenny Doyle, Palmerston North
IN PRAISE OF MMP
I wonder how many people recall how New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) ceased to be a political football, and how small political parties are able to make policy gains? For example the all-party accord on NZ Super set the minimum and maximum rate of superannuation payments to be between 65 and 72.5 per cent of the net after tax minimum wage.
New Zealand First under Winston Peters had the numbers to lift the level to 66 percent. In addition, the party was able to get the Gold Card introduced; United Future leader Peter Dunne had the length of daylight saving extended.
More recently, David Seymour of Act achieved the introduction of charter schools. How did these changes come about? Because the electorate dumped First Past the Post in response to continual broken promises by National and Labour. Enter MMP. This month marked the twentieth anniversary of the introduction of MMP.
The portends are that after next year’s election, small parties will have significant presence in Parliament thus able to leverage policy gains from the party with the largest number of seats.Under MMPone has a Party Vote, the crucial vote, and a vote for the electorate MP. This enables choice about who to give one’s party vote to, and the other to a good electorateMP irrespective of which party they belong to. The death of First Past the Post is mourned by a few, but thankfully MMPis here to stay.
Don Robertson, Palmerston North
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