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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Encourage non-government provision of health care facilities and services
Review health regulations including occupational licensing, in order to allow providers to respond more flexibly to patients' requirements and hire qualified overseas expertise
ACT will promote the private system to reduce waiting lists
Review mental health policies to reverse problems caused by the closure of psychiatric hospitals
No cuts to health spending

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

Provide DHBs with resources to integrate complementary health therapies and practitioners into PHO and hospital care, to provide multidisciplinary health services
Retain hospital services serving rural communities
A mandate that any hospital-based, long-stay tangata whai ora are not moved into community settings without clear protocols and robust processes to ensure the continuation of good care and support
Require publicly funded hospitals and healthcare organizations to set an example of healthy eating by only selling and promoting healthy food and drink that meets nutritional guidelines and is not high in sugar or fat
Monitor the effectiveness and implementation of the New Zealand Health Strategy, and advise the Minister of Health on further initiatives required to prevent illness and promote health, thereby reducing the need for hospital and health services in the medium to long term

New Zealand Labour Party Hon David Cunliffe

Ensuring all New Zealand hospitals become baby friendly hospitals by the end of 2006
Continue the programme of capital funding projects to improve and extend rural hospitals
Better linkages between assessment, treatment and rehabilitation (ATR) services in hospital and other parts of the aged care sector

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Tony Ryall

A $100 million three-year package to slash the 20,000 backlog of those waiting in high priority elective service categories.  National’s new commitment is over and above the current ‘cataract’ and ‘orthopaedic’ initiatives
Funding will be contestable between the public and private sectors

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Reduce the burgeoning health bureaucracy at all levels within the Ministry, DHBs and PHOs, with the intention of creating greater efficiencies and more value for money
Review the number of District Health Boards (DHBs), to ensure they are appropriate for the demographic demands of health and efficiency of delivery of services

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Encourage the establishment of after-hours medical centres close to hospitals, and ensure that the establishment of PHOs does not result in the closure of these services
Establish a contestable fund so that both public and private health providers can tender to provide elective surgery services in order to clear the backlogs of people waiting for surgery
Establish a nursing staffing ratio and ensure that it is realised by improving pay and conditions for nurses
Review the administrative burden facing hospitals and GPs to free up resources currently dedicated to management

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