29 Jun 2018

Doctors back govt over ditching health targets

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 29 June 2018

Family doctors are backing the government's decision to scrap targets set under National. The government quietly stopped work on measuring the targets in August last year - a move the National Party says could lead to more illness and deaths. National introduced targets in 2009 that included cancer treatment times, response times in emergency departments and helping smokers to quit. Richard Medlicott is the medical director for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. He talks to Susie Ferguson.