An excellent NZ Herald editorial on health waiting lists.
Their final paragraph is worth repeating:
More importantly, if they want to improve the service that hospitals can offer the sick, they need to be open to that other factor in the health equation: private hospitals and specialists being engaged in a partnership with the state. The Labour Party is ideologically opposed to public-private solutions for hospitals but it is probably time that it got over itself and looked for practical benefits for patients. Otherwise, these patients, their families and communities will be putting the governing parties under “intensive monitoring”, with the prospect of referring them back to the Opposition benches, for reassessment.