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23 November 2001 News Update


Public health financial statistics show the Government is running the health system into the ground, according to National party health spokesperson Roger Sowry.

Last quarter's statistics show a deficit increase of more than 50%, said Roger Sowry.

"The operating deficit has jumped from $15.6 million in March 2001, $27.8 million in June and $42.3 million for the September quarter. Last year's total operating deficit was $63.8 million, but the projected deficit from District Health Boards this year is more than $200 million for the current financial year.

"Since Labour and Alliance became the Government, the health system has failed to deliver an operating surplus, and the government has no idea about managing the health system," said Roger Sowry.

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