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LINDSAY MITCHELL: EXCLUSION BY RACE

Here we go again. Part of the panacea for solving the health system crisis is the brand-new Community Pharmacy Minor Ailments Service. A free service to treat minor ailments like skin infections and diarrhoea will be provided by local pharmacies to ease the pressure on GPs.


This is of course a ‘borrowed’ idea. But probably a good one going by Scottish experience where a survey showed, “Positive perceptions and experiences of those using MAS [Minor Ailment Service]”. These services are available across UK countries but differ from New Zealand in one major respect.


They are not restricted by ethnicity.


According to Te Whatu Ora, In New Zealand “Māori and Pacific, children under the age of 14 and their whānau, and Community Service Card (CSC) holders will be able to get free consultation and receive funded treatment for certain minor ailments this winter.”


The majority of the population is excluded.


Was that clearly signalled?


Discussion about the service cropped up on a Wellington talk show earlier this week. The host described his experience taking a family member with a large stye into his local pharmacy. Apparently, the pharmacist told the family member to book a GP consultation and the patient had to take the remainder of the week off work awaiting doctor treatment.


Perhaps the family member was the wrong colour but the pharmacist didn’t want to point this out?


The government seems to have built an expectation that the service is for everyone. At least that’s the perception that emerges when you are reticent about revealing it is actually restricted to Maori, Pacific, the poor and children.


On Tuesday NewstalkZB Wellington led their news bulletins with versions of the following: “76 pharmacies across the district are signed up to a scheme allowing them to treat minor conditions and ease pressure on GPs and hospital services over the winter months.”


Media coverage in Stuff makes no mention of restrictions to the service.


As a consumer of mainstream media, the fact that the service is actually severely limited later came as a complete surprise.


This Labour government, riddled with communications specialists and purportedly the most “transparent and honest” ever, unfortunately has a memory like a sieve.


In the early 2000s Helen Clark was forced to run a massive damage-control strategy when her ‘Closing the Gaps’ policy eventually sunk into the collective consciousness. The public was justifiably angry and unaccepting that services were restricted by ethnicity. She had to change the focus and rebrand the spending initiatives ‘Reducing Inequalities.’ She understood that Labour voters would accept targeting help to the poorest and neediest. And while many Maori and Pacific people fall into this group, a good many do not.


But in 2023 they are making the same mistake all over again.


Let’s not beat about the bush. All non-Maori and non-Pacific people who don’t have a Community Services card and are older than 13 are excluded from the pharmacy service. Pity the poor pharmacist who has to break the news to the sick patient presenting but ineligible.


This is a dying administration desperately grasping at straws, neither thinking policies through nor even reflecting on past experience. For these reasons alone, they need to go.




Lindsay Mitchell blogs here

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I have just spent the last week cleaning out part of my work shed, and building shelves, reason been I just could not find anything when I needed it, and what I did find was the rubbish that was suppose to have been dumped years ago, is this not the storey of labour, and its hangers on, rehashed rubbish in new packaging that should have been sent to the land fill many years ago.

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justise xtra
justise xtra
Jul 11, 2023

Simon says 'Hands Up". Who hasn't been through this?. Another Racial card? I have had the worst treatment and that isn't just from Maori not wanting to know another Maori even though you do know them. I got it from all sides. Currently I thought it had something to do with my American Association of Guide to Evaluating Permanent Impairment Assesment which ACC or pic@acc.co.nz. Has told me that they paid for the research?

Or that it can be online and if not it can be found hopefully at a Public Library to maybe it might be there. All I can see is that the ACC 9.1+ Billions has become a situation within Maori.

I said to the woman Janin…


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barry.brill
barry.brill
Jul 06, 2023

I have a part-Samoan friend who is well-qualified and earns a good income.


Has anybody from the government publicly explained why she is eligible for this taxpayer-subsidised programme, while her much-poorer mother (Italian descent) is excluded from it?


Is it somehow related to bloodlines? Surely not eugenics all over again!

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Les
Les
Jul 09, 2023
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Access to Health care doesn’t depend on how much money you have, but on how much money you don’t have, hence offering the benefits to those lucky enough to have a Community Services card. The only other groups receiving the benefits are those with statistically worse health than the general population which makes me wonder why the elderly are not included.

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Robyn Hutchison
Robyn Hutchison
Jul 06, 2023

We need to be mindful of the "Divide and conquer" strategy here. It is evident everywhere that Maoridom is being forced down everyone's throats. It is designed to cause antagonism and we would be fools to buy into it. We are, after all, all Kiwis and it is the combination of a corrupt government and corporate iwi that continues to push us to the brink of civil war for their own nefarious purposes. Maori never asked for preferential treatment. It is insane, given the intermingling of those of Maori and European descent now, that we even still use the terms Maori ànd Pakeha. There are decades of corruption and deception to be unraveled in this space. Let us hope…

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justise xtra
justise xtra
Jul 11, 2023
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No it is better that we see them for what they are it is an old trick do they really think they can get away with this today. Please I am finding it funny in a way even though they have made my life a misery. They have no idea who they are playing with. Other than playing with themselves on a lay over. Sweeden didn't want to do Business with them and they are asking for NATO recognition idiots and they are called Barbarians at the same time because they allowed this charade. It is good for National.

They don't know about protocols or procedures and Xi (G) only did the gun parade as you can see he wasn't…

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The only solution to this idiocy is for everyone, irrespective of ethnicity, to claim to be Maori and accuse anyone questioning your assertion of racism! After all if you can have blue-eyed blonde Maori you can have South Asian looking Maori or Mongoloid Maori (after all didn’t they originate from Taiwan?)

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