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Primary and Community Health body on the budget

Primary and Community Health Aotearoa chair Steve Chadwick said in a press statement it was pleasing there had been some investment in primary and community health in the new government budget

But she added that from an equity perspective, it was disappointing to have the free prescription removed. “We believe this is detrimental to the health status of the very population we are trying to serve,” said Chadwick.

Outgoing Executive Director, Angela Francis said: “While it is encouraging to hear there will be new money for training more doctors, pressures remain for other health practitioners within the primary and community sector.”

The increase of funding for primary and community health care of $2.12billion was appreciated, said Francis.

“This should ultimately lessen the load on secondary health care. We also welcome the boost to Pharmac’s budget of $1.7billion over four years.”

Chadwick added: “A well-resourced and supported primary and community health sector, makes the overall health system robust, effective and successful, and ensures a long-term future for the voice of community providers on a sustainable pathway.”

Primary and Community Health Aotearoa (PACHA) is believed to be the country’s main body for the Primary and Community Health Care sector. PACHA was established in 2018, when New Zealand’s primary health and community care leaders representing PHO’s, pharmacy, midwifery, allied health, nursing, and others came together.

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