You read it here first, Greens mad Education policy wants nurses in low decile schools

Some weeks ago I blogged about leaked proposals in Education that the Greens were working up. One of which included the hiring of thousands of nurses for schools.

Leaked Green education policy proposals

Leaked Green education policy proposals

It looks like the policy has come to fruition.

The Greens want to install nurses in every low decile primary and intermediate school to tackle poverty-related illness.

Co-leader Metiria Turei says the $30 million-a-year proposal will give around 112,000 children access to basic health care services. Almost 300 new nurses would be required to staff around 656 schools – with one nurse to every 400 students. 

The anti-poverty plan follows the breakfast-in-schools policy the government announced last week to feed hungry pupils.

Poorer children are less likely to have access to care because of the costs of getting to a surgery and seeing a doctor, especially when they turn six, Turei said.

At the party’s annual conference in Christchurch this morning, she pointed to a “major major gap” in the provision of health services to primary school age children. Those in deprived areas are three times as likely to be admitted to hospital for preventable illnesses.

The New Zealand Nurses Organisationrecommended the policy in its submission to the Government’s Green Paper on Vulnerable Children. , NZEI and anti poverty groups are also backing the move, a party spokesman said.

“We know that poverty, ill health and educational underachievement go hand in hand,” Turei said.

“Kids in the lowest decile schools are the least likely to get the medical attention that they need to stay well and do their best at school.”

I wonder how many others of their crazy policy initiatives

Funding would be allocated to district health boards. It would cost $17m to pay the nurses an average salary of $60,000 a year. The party says 20 per cent of new graduate nurses are unable to find work, so there is capacity in the system.

However, the school nurse positions would be sought by more experience nurses.

Another $10m of the funding would cover the approximately $90 in medical costs per child and $3m would take care of admin.

have made it through. This one will cost plenty.

One thing is very clear from all these proposals from the Greens and Labour. They think poor parents are shit at parenting and so want to do it for them. Surely these policies stigmatise the poor as crap parents, unable to feed their kids, care for them and administer basic health needs?

Every time they make claims about these depserate needs they are saying that those people are rubbish and so the state will care for their children. Nice.


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