Gideon Porter

Nicola Wills – Nats deputy says Maori authority is a distraction

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Deputy National Party leader Nicola Willis says nothing she has seen about the new Maori health authority has changed her mind that it should be scrapped.

Deputy National Party leader Nicola Willis says nothing she has seen about the new Maori health authority has changed her mind that it should be scrapped.

National and ACT are making the end of Te Aka Whai Ora a campaign promise.

Ms Willis says she doesn’t like the idea of ​​a separate Maori entity and can’t support something that will take years to deliver results.

“We can distract ourselves by putting in place new, separate structures instead of focusing on the results we want to achieve for people. The second reason is exactly that. The government’s own analysis indicates that the Maori Health Authority will not deliver better patient outcomes for at least five years,” she says.

The National’s position is at odds with nongovernmental health organizations who say the old system didn’t work and the new authority should have a chance to succeed.