UCAN Health Charter

Q&A on UCAN Charter for Health – with Professor Don Matheson

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Many thanks to Professor Don Matheson for sharing his wealth of experience and providing answer to some commonly asked questions about the UCAN Charter for Health.

Sue Kedgley: CCDHB Candidate

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UCAN has been working on a short film series to highlight the views and perspectives of some of the current CCDHB candidates. Here you will hear Sue Kedgley sharing her views, and ongoing endorsement of the UCAN Charter for Health, as she campaigns for a position on the Capital and Coast DHB Governance Board.

We will post more videos as we complete them.

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Eileen Brown: CCDHB Candidate

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UCAN has been working on a short film series to highlight the views and perspectives of some of the current CCDHB candidates. Here you will hear Eileen Brown sharing her views, and ongoing endorsement of the UCAN Charter for Health, as she runs for a second term the DHB Governance Board.

We will post more videos as we complete them.

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Political parties endorsing the Health Charter

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Over the last month UCAN chair person Debbie Leyland has asked each political party if they would consider endorsing the UCAN Health Charter.

UCAN is happy to announce that the following parties have endorsed the charter and have also confirmed that they will work with UCAN and other networks to implant the charter.

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UCAN members look forward to meeting with these parties after the election to make the UCAN Health Charter a cornerstone in a health system we can all be proud of.

UCAN also would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the public endorsements of the NZNO – New Zealands Nurses Organization, The Equality Network, Porirua Union and Community Health Service, Hutt Union Health Service, Newtown Union Health Service, Department of Public Health at the School of Otago in Wellington, the Wellington branch of the Public Health Association and the College of Nurses Aotearoa NZ.

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“Health is so much more than health”: UCAN delivers Health Charter and Election Statement to MP’S.

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On Tuesday 15 August, members of UCAN and supporters met on Parliament steps to hand over the Ucan Health Charter and Election statement UCAN Health Charter 2016 to Members of Parliament.

We were joined by supporters and by the fabulous, The Brass Razoo Band.

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We began with Lisa with baby Zac. Lisa represented Tick for Kids. Tick for Kids and Child Poverty Action Group

Muriel Tunoho spoke on behalf of living Wage Network Living Wage and Health Care Aotearoa HCA Healthcare: Home and Paul Barber then spoke from The Equality Network The Equality Network and The New Zealand Council of Catholic Social Service .

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Grant Robertson, Finance Minister from the Labour Party,

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Jan Logie, Spokesperson for Social Development from The Green Party both gave their commitment to support the UCAN Health Charter and make it a reality as did

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Ria Bond, Health Spokesperson, NZ First

This is a positive result as we have 3 political parties that have committed to our Charter.

For more information Please visit our website at ucannz.org.nz

Denbie Leyland

Health charter to be delivered to parliament.

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United Community Action Network (UCAN) press release

For immediate release

Monday 14 August at 7am

Health charter to be delivered to parliament

The United Community Action Network (UCAN) will deliver it’s health charter to parliament tomorrow, Tuesday 14 August at 1230pm on parliament grounds.

The College of Nurses, low-cost health providers, The Equality and Living Wage Networks and the Public Health Association Wellington branch are some of the groups who have signed the charter.

The charter calls for the right to: health care, a living income, a safe and healthy home, the ability to take party in society, a safe environment and an education.

UCAN is a national grassroots health rights organisation based in Wellington.

The group’s spokesperson, Debbie Leyland, says the growing gap between rich and poor sits next to health under funding as the country’s biggest health concerns.

“More and more people are being denied health care because they can’t afford it,” she says. “Poor housing, homelessness and low wages and benefits are as big a health problem as our growing waiting lists and number of people who need surgery but can’t get on a list.”

New Zealand has enough wealth to provide for all citizens but wealth is “poorly distributed”, she says.

“The provision of basic rights for all citizens just isn’t a priority.”

Leyland is calling on all political parties to support the charter.

Labour party finance spokesperson, Grant Robertson, Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie will speak at the presentation alongside representatives from Child Poverty Action Group, The Equality Network and The Living Wage Network.

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