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      • Media Release: DHB Election brings living wage a step closer
        • 13 Oct 2013
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        • 14 October 2013 The DHB election has delivered a strong mandate for a living wage for all DHB funded workers, said Labour DHB Board member David Choat who was re-elected to the Board yesterday. “The living wage was raised at every candidate meeting and is clearly important in respecting the important work done by many […]
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      • Media Release: New Interim Chief Executive will face legacy of underfunding
        • 5 Sep 2013
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        • 5 September 2013 Capital & Coast District Health Board member David Choat says he wishes new interim Chief Executive Debbie Chin well but warns that the financial problems she will face will be at least as great as those that confronted former CEOs Ken Whelan and Mary Bonner. Ms Chin’s appointment was announced this afternoon. […]
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      • The tyranny of low expectations
        • 2 Sep 2013
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        • John Key was elected in 2008 on a platform of being ‘ambitious for New Zealand’. But a central element of his government’s political project has been about systematically reducing New Zealander’s aspiration, lowering our sights, and taking away our hope for a better tomorrow. This, we are told, is ‘as good as it gets’. Only […]
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      • Notes from Hospital Advisory Committee, 26 July 2013
        • 26 Aug 2013
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        • Each District Health Board has advisory committees to assist in the governance role. I’m a member of the Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC), which oversees the ‘hospital arm’ of the DHB’s operations – the services we provide directly, rather than those we fund in the community. Here are a few notes from Capital & Coast’s Hospital Advisory […]
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      • DHB election a choice between cuts and quality health services
        • 19 Aug 2013
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        • Media release 17 August 2013 There are 23 candidates seeking election to the Capital and Coast District Health Board it was announced yesterday. Current Capital and Coast DHB member and Labour candidate David Choat said, “In the upcoming DHB elections, the public has a choice between candidates who will advocate for increased funding and better […]
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      • More progress on the issue of access to primary care
        • 17 Jun 2013
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        • Last month I put out a media release about new evidence that showed that access to primary health care in the ‘capital and coast’ (Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti) district was a lot worse than in other DHB districts. I raised the issue at the Board table and (as I reported) there was agreement to have a […]
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      • More progress on the issue of access to primary care
        • 17 Jun 2013
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        • Last month I put out a media release about new evidence that showed that access to primary health care in the ‘capital and coast’ (Wellington, Porirua, Kapiti) district was a lot worse than in other DHB districts.
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      • Access and equity – how does New Zealand compare?
        • 3 Jun 2013
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        • I’ve recently written a bit about health access concerns here in the Capital & Coast district. In this post I want to give some context for that by citing a few findings about how the New Zealand system as a whole performs. Last month, I – along with a bunch of other people including my […]
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      • Budget places Capital and Coast services at risk with multi-million shortfall
        • 16 May 2013
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        • “Health Minister Tony Ryall has again failed to invest adequately in our nation’s health with a Budget that will see Capital and Coast District Health Board continue to struggle,” said David Choat, Capital and Coast DHB member. “We have perhaps the most precarious financial position of any large DHB and have been forced to make […]
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      • A small victory on the issue of access to primary care
        • 10 May 2013
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        • Earlier this week I highlighted some Ministry of Health data about Capital & Coast doing worse than other DHBs in terms of people experienced unmet need for primary health care. I said I’d raise the issue at today’s Board meeting. I did, and I am pleased to say that my request met with some success, […]
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      • New figures show Capital and Coast DHB has worst access to health care
        • 5 May 2013
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        • “New figures released by Ministry of Health show that Capital and Coast District Health Board has the worst access to primary health care of any of the major DHBs in the country,” said David Choat, Capital and Coast District Health Board member. “The figures show that underfunding is really impacting on service for people living […]
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      • I’m standing for Labour
        • 1 May 2013
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        • Following a recent official announcement, I can now confirm that I am going to stand for re-election to the Capital & Coast District Health Board in the upcoming elections in October, and this time I’m going to do so as the candidate for Labour Party. I’m really pleased about this, for a couple of reasons. […]
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      • Hi!
        • 29 Apr 2013
        • Dave Choat - Care not Cuts
        • Welcome to my website. My name is David Choat and I’m an elected member of the Capital and Coast District Health Board. My guiding principle as a board member is ‘Care not Cuts’. I’ve advocated consistently for a quality public health system and am concerned about the impact of Government cuts in the health sector. […]
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