Friday, 12 October 2007

Thank you very much for your support

Dear Friends,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the multitude of support you have given me. From allowing me to use your fence for my signs, to letter dropping or spreading the word. Whatever happens tomorrow, it was a great campaign and it was great working with such a dedicated team of people!
Thank you all very, very much!

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

What are the key issues facing the Canterbury DHB?

Where do I begin? Gridlock in ED, growing waiting lists, car parking, safety of staff and patients at risk with the current recurring code red situation. And then there is staff retention and recruitment, job satisfaction and professional development. The list is endless. What do those problems have in common and how can they be solved? Listen to frontline medical practitioners not the bureaucrats. It seems to me that most of the solutions to our health crisis are well understood by the doctors, surgeons, nurses etc but the increasing noise from the administrators and managers shuffling their paperwork drowns them out.

We also need to allow the public and private sector to work more cooperatively. The focus must be patient-care not the 'tick-box' bureaucratic approach. Conditions of work are vital. Happy staff equals happy patients. I will work towards getting a bigger bang for the buck.

I urge you to vote for the team of Independent Citizens and get the health system you deserve. We need to put patient's first - Beds before bureaucracy!.
Frankly you need A. Frank-Alexander