As part of 95bFM's election coverage, this week James Tapp talked to the leader of the TOP party, Geoff Simmons, about a range of their health policies. James and Geoff talk about their dental care policies, the proposed sugar tax, the public health system and the two referendums.
James Tapp talked to Shane Le Brun of Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand on the cannabis referendum
Jemima Huston spoke to the National Party's Dr Shane Reti on the party's health policy.
On their weekly chat, Justin discussed with Justice Minister Andrew Little about extending the COVID-19 leave support scheme, and the party's stance on conversion therapy, as well as paid sick leave and minimum wage.
With the election creeping up, this week James gives an overview of what is including in the two referendums, the end of life referendum and the cannabis legalization and control referendum. James goes over where they started and what is included.
With the referndum all about recreational use of cannabis and how it is produced, as well as sold, James finds out about what impact this could have on medicinal cannabis. James talks to Shane Le Brun , the coordinatior of Medicinal Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ), about the varying impacts a yes or a no vote could have.
For our election coverage on health policy, Jemima spoke to the National Party's Dr Shane Reti last week about their health package. The policy covers a wide range of health issues but the party has particularly highlighted that they will increase funding to PHARMAC meaning better access to medicine, institute an elective surgery commitment, provide quicker cancer diagnosis and management, AND add to the general practice primary care team. The party has also rejected aspects of the New Zealand Health and Disability Sector Review which was led by civil servant Heather Simpson and released midway through this year. Jemima spoke to Shane about the health policy and why some of the Simpson review has been rejected. She also asked about the Party's Mental Health and Disability policies, which are expected to be announced this week.
Recent research from the University of Canterbury details some of the factors that have led to changes in immunisation rates around New Zealand from 2006 to 2017. While vaccination rates are steadily increasing overall, immunisation has started to decline in some wealthier areas - owing to increased mistrust and misinformation around vaccines. Felix Walton spoke to researcher Lukas Marek about his research.