Everyone has the right to timely, quality health care and the fairest, most efficient way to achieve this is a well-resourced public system.
Primary health care, health promotion and illness prevention are fundamental components of an effective and sustainable public health system and Governments must accept responsibility for providing quality public health care services. The NSW government should not be allowed to use devolution of services to shift the blame for funding shortfalls and other policy failures to Local Health Districts.
The Greens NSW will work towards:
- Providing equitable access to quality health care, ensuring patients’ privacy and the confidentiality of their healthcare information, informing patients and obtaining their consent before employing a medical intervention, and providing a safe clinical environment,
- Improving primary health care, including addressing the causes of ill health, investing in prevention, health promotion, early intervention and best practice evidence-based treatment programs across the whole population,
- Ensuring improved access to emergency health services,
- Ensuring that funding for health addresses pressing health problems such as hospital waiting lists, deficiencies in rural health services and dental health, including the needs of high priority populations groups,
- Increasing nurse staffing-to-patient ratios and skills mixes that ensure patient safety, better health outcomes, high recruitment retention, continued professional development, and adequate training of staff.