Sue Kedgley is a strong, effective voice on the Capital and Coast District Health Board

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I’m an elected Health Board member, Safe Food campaigner, former MP and Chair of Parliament’s Health select committee and an experienced director, on the boards of Consumer New Zealand and UN Women NZ.

As a long-term champion of good health, I’ve led successful campaigns for healthy hospital and school food, improved aged care and the over-use of antibiotics and consumer and clinical input into decision-making.

Our DHB faces big challenges –financial pressures, increasing demands for health services, ageing infrastructure. To tackle these we need to;

  • Ensure everyone can access affordable healthcare when they need it, especially Maori and Pacifica, residents in Porirua and Kapiti;
  • Focus on keeping people well and tackling the root causes of ill-health such as poverty, poor housing, poor diet;
  • Deliver more innovative healthcare in the community; Invest in public, community, mental health and addiction services;
  • Ensure staff are well paid and well supported; Improve patient safety and reduce the spread of superbugs;
  • Provide better support for our ageing population, and high quality aged, home care;
  • Create world-class children’s hospital and a new home-like birthing unit;
  • Ensure equity for Maori, Pacifika, the disability community and other vulnerable groups;
  • Reduce hospital’s carbon footprint and increase the resilience of our hospital.

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