Health Minister Meets Heart Kids

On the 6th November, Dr Tom Gentles and Heart Kids CEO Kate Figgins met with the Minister of Health Dr David Clark.  The meeting was to discuss the concerns of heart families specifically relating to paediatric cardiac care at Starship hospital in Auckland.  Time with the Minister was brief, but the main issue discussed was long term sustainable funding for paediatric cardiac services in New Zealand.  

In light of the Prime Minister’s recent statement that she wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world for a child to grow up, they discussed the need for the government to pay particular attention to paediatric cardiac services.  The Minister was reminded that Cardiac children are the dominant user of paediatric health care so it makes sense it should be a priority for current and future governments. 

Heart Kids is now to investigate opportunities to submit information to Heather Simpson’s Health and Disability System Review.  The Review itself will consider the overall function of the Health and Disability system to ensure it is better balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability. 

Heart Kids NZ will also follow up with Dr Gentles to review ADHB and Starship initiatives that support Paediatric Cardiac Services in NZ.  The Minister will be sent a follow-up letter reiterating the main areas of concern from Heart Kids and families.  Heart Kids has almost finished the information sheet for families who will be facing hospital admissions.  Meantime, the meeting with Dr Gentles is still available on our YouTube channel. 

Created on: 5 December 2019