Labour’s Policy development via polling

One of our readers commented that he was polled on this a week ago.  And BOOM – a policy appears mere days later.

Primary mental health care will be free under Labour, and new teams will see patients receive a dedicated coordinator to follow them through every aspect of the system.

Leader Andrew Little unveiled the new policy at a Primary Health Summit, organised by the party at Parliament.

“This is urgent, I would say [mental health] is at crisis point and it needs attention,” he said.

I’ll leave the jokes to you.  As in Labour voters being the obvious beneficiaries of such a policy.  

“Under the pilots we have promised, you go to your GP – if it’s a mental health issue, that consultation will be free.

“You’ll be referred to a mental health coordinator, which will be a mental health trained professional, who will then work out what is it that you need – is it counselling, is it more secondary help or psychiatric help, is it addiction services or therapy?

“And then that mental health coordinator will keep a track of the progress you’re making, and what they’re doing so you don’t fall through the cracks.”

The two-year pilot would see eight teams set up across New Zealand, with one already determined to be in Christchurch. The other sites would be chosen at a later date, through consultation with the primary sector, DHBs and NGOs.

An initial cost of $43 million could be bolstered if secondary services required it; Little said the policy assumed about 40,000 people would access it per year.

One of our commenters predicted this when UMR polled them last week.   So they poll, scribble down a policy and then release it the following week.


– Stuff

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