Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says there isn’t a mental health crisis despite a new Government report finding ballooning specialists wait times for children and adolescents, and increased antidepressant and antipsychotic medication dispensing for young people.
All mental health services for children and adolescents are short at least a quarter of clinical roles, with the deficit as high as 40 per cent in Wellington, despite a huge $1.9 billion investment in mental health from the Labour Government as part of its wellbeing budget in 2019.
“We are not a huge fan of the word crisis because I think it’s used really liberally,” Bloomfield said during a 1pm Covid-19 briefing in Wellington. “There is no doubt we have significant mental health issues and challenges in the country.”
Bloomfield said two thirds of the funding had gone towards the health system, with a new range of primary care services as a result. There were also a number of hospital-level initiatives underway to grow the workforce, but there was a shortage of psychiatrists and psychologists around the world.
Tribal left Labour dragged Mike for the temerity of embarrassing Jacinda over her pitiful delivery capabilities in mental health while the woke left (many of whom are Wellington based and in the public service) see any criticism of their beloved bureaucrats as on par with pissing in holy water.
Mike is providing 15000 hours of counseling within days of asking for help for a tiny fraction of the 20000 hours the Ministry provided.
From the blunt perspective of the Ministry, half of suicide victims don’t ever bother to reach out before committing suicide so why bother putting money into something that has so many variables.
And it’s mostly men who kill themselves and male mortality rates don’t matter much politically unless they are killing others.
Mike is exposing the callous indifference of the Wellington bureaucrats while embarrassing them by providing a far more cost effective counselling service while highlighting Labour’s lack of leadership.
Watching Labour pour $1.9 billion into mental health and getting nothing back is a reminder of what the tru difference between Labour and National are.
Labour take their candidates from unions and straight out of University Politics and everyone gets a cuddle and a hui with a side order of pronouns and a vegan menu in te reo. The public service laugh at this weakness.
National draw their candidates out of the managerial class and they are all psychopaths who take cattle prods to the the public service and bully them to get results.
Public health pay lip service to Labour because no one in the Public Service is frightened by Labour, so much so that Labour can pour $1.9billion into mental health and get nothing.
The reason Mike King is such a threat to the establishment is because his process of spending the budget directly on counsellors bypasses the lumbering Wellington Bureaucracy and they don’t get all that creamy public money to do with as they please.
That’s why Mike is such a threat and why Tribal Woke Twitter have to denigrate him as a heretic.
Wellington Bureaucracy uber alles!
Meanwhile mental health and suicide continue to wreck and damage lives while the Wellington Bureaucracy tell us all to hush and that they know best.
Labour are simply too frightened to challenge the power of the Wellington Bureaucracy, even after blowing $1.9billion and getting nothing for it.
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Original Source: https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2022/03/23/but-there-is-a-mental-health-crisis-its-designed-that-way/