Sunday, May 20, 2012

Defend Glen Innes

In 1997 an elderly Maori man died after being taken off the renal dialysis treatment programme at Whangarei Hospital.

His name was Rau Williams.

The denial of treatment to Rau Williams undertaken in the name of the rationing of public health resources sparked a heated political debate over the shape of the neo-liberal reform of Aotearoa. As one commentator remarked of New Zealand's new medical austerity, ‘This is where it was leading: A man who is condemned to die. State euthanasia.’

The architect of the rationing system used to deny Rau Williams for treatment was a woman called Lee Mathias.

Today she is the Chair of the Tamaki Transformation Project.

Defend Glen Innes.

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