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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Have policies on health, education and welfare which benefit rural families through the better use of private and public provision and having less New Zealanders relying on welfare payments
No cuts to health spending

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Kedgley

Ensure that District Health Boards make free access to centres for accident and emergency services readily available for all New Zealanders
Provide additional funding to rural health services, to improve pay and working conditions, to attract qualified staff and to recognise the greater diversity of skills required by rural health professionals
Support the establishment of multi-disciplinary primary healthcare teams in rural areas
Encourage the utilisation of publicly funded mobile services to improve the delivery of primary healthcare, children’s dental care, mental healthcare, marae clinics, surgical services, and palliative care
Provide extra assistance to rural general practitioners, nurses, and community health services to improve emergency and palliative care.

New Zealand Labour Party Hon David Cunliffe

Improve access to health services for those in rural areas
Investigate and implement initiatives aimed at attracting and retaining junior doctors, new graduates and nurses in rural areas
Funding more primary health care rural nurse practitioner scholarships
Continue the programme of capital funding projects to improve and extend rural hospitals
Upskill the rural health work force

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

Write off 10% of the balance of a student loan for each year a doctor or specialised health professional with a student loan spends in a designated hard-to-staff provincial or rural area
Fund this measure through an employment benefit paid by the DHB or community hospital operator
Create a rural general practice training programme, with an intake of up to 38 registrars per year
Create a rural hospital generalists training programme, with an intake of up to 12 registrars per year
Investigate the establishment of a rural medical undergraduate programme

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Use a range of measures to ensure the adequate recruitment and retention of health professionals in rural areas
Maintain rural health services and ensure good access to basic healthcare equitably throughout the country
Immediate development of a rural and provincial health services plan with a view to early injections of health funding to ensure the continuity of essential services
Increase the use of technology to reduce isolation and consider the appropriate expansion of the health-centre model
Ensure a high quality 'rural service' specialisation is available in our medical schools

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Establish an independent commission of inquiry to investigate the issue of access to health in rural areas as the starting point in the development of a comprehensive rural services strategy
Support Rural GP services by encouraging medical students to consider rural general practice, supporting the professional development of rural GPs, providing sufficient funding for locum cover, increasing financial incentives for rural GPs, introducing Rural Nurse Practitioners as a new field of practice for senior nurses, and by establishing appropriate practitioner to patient ratios that will ensure quality of care and reduce the risk of burnout

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