A nurse in every high school – Debunking a Labour party policy in 10 minutes

Ardern revealed that as a 13-year-old in Morrinsville, her best friend’s brother took his own life.

“I had just started high school and was waiting for class to start when I heard the news, I can remember exactly where I was standing, just outside the science block.

“I went straight to my friend’s home and spent the next few days with her as her and her family went through the unimaginable grief of losing their only boy, grief that was felt by everyone that knew him, and was captured in the handwritten notes and messages from his classmates that hung around the walls at his funeral. Every single thing about it seemed unfair and still does to this day.”

Youth suicide rates were a pointer to how hard it was for young people growing up n New Zealand.

‘It’s hard to remember a time when the number of young people taking their own lives wasn’t staggering, but it hasn’t always been as bad as it is now. In the 1980s for instance, the jump for young males in particular was horrific, going from 58 to more than 100 in just eight years.”

Ardern said school based health services were introduced by Labour in 2008 but were currently only funded directly for nurses in decile 1-3 public secondary schools, teen parent units and alternative education facilities.”

Under Saturday’s announcement, the average secondary school would have a full time nurse and also the support of a GP.

The cost would be around $40 million a year, funded out of Labour’s commitment to reverse National’s $1.7 billion of health cuts.

A full-time nurse in every high school?

There are 2529 high schools.

As a job, it pays at the low end of the salary scales.

It won’t cost $40 million in salaries, it will cost over $113M per annum at the lowest end of the salary scale.   And if paid at the top of the scale it will cost over $159M…every year

So where Labour got their $40m amount from is beyond me.

But everyone knows that the cost of an employee is roughly double the salary cost.   They need resources, consumables, heat, lighting, computers, training… and so on.

Let’s not forget setup costs.   Like the costs of having the school have some place for them to operate out of with a fully kitted-out sick bay and a counselling office/paperwork office.

Labour have no  idea on the costs.   $40 million will be about an 8th of the real cost.

Show me the money Jacinda.

And where are Labour going to find 2529 nurses?   A large number of them will have to be immigrants.  Go to any hospital in New Zealand and I challenge you to play “Spot the New Zealand-born nurse” game.

How is that going to work with Labour cancelling pretty much all immigration?

I think I will stop referring to “Labour party policy” and call them Labour party Wish List items.


– Stuff

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