Apr 17, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views

Budget cuts put Maori health at risk (Waatea)

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An economist for the Council of Trade Union is warning cuts to Maori health spending in the Budget will soon show up in worsening health statistics.

Bill Rosenberg says the health vote didnt include the extra $127 million needed to keep up with rising costs and population increase.

Maori will be affected because in every area Maori do rely on the district health boards to provide services and its the people on lowest incomes who are most reliant on public health services for their healthcare. If the cuts are coming from that, it is most likely to be the people on lowest incomes who will be affected, Mr Rosenberg says.

He says the allocation for specific Maori health services was cut by $16 million.


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