Coleman confused over mental health inquiry | The Jackal

31 Jul 2017

Coleman confused over mental health inquiry

You may have noticed some great billboard’s that put pressure on Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to launch an inquiry into our failing mental health system.

These were made by ActionStation, which can best be described as an apolitical, non-governmental organisation concerned with social and environmental issues.

Yesterday, the NZ Herald reported:

New billboards take a dig at Coleman in his own electorate 
New billboards have appeared in Dr Jonathan Coleman's Northcote electorate overnight - challenging the health minister over his decision to not launch a mental health inquiry.

The billboards look very similar to the minister's own campaign billboards with a picture of Coleman and accompanied by the words "77% of Kiwis want a mental health inquiry (But not me) - Dr Jonathan Coleman, Minister of Health".

But Coleman has responded by saying it is that time in the election cycle and said he was standing by his decision not to review the mental health service.

Coleman said ensuring New Zealanders gained access to the right mental health services was an ongoing priority for the government and it would continue to invest in it.

This is ridiculous! Coleman is basically confusing ActionStation with a political party.

He’s also confusing the government’s failure to properly conduct an inquiry into mental health with existing government funding.

Coleman dismissing people’s concerns about mental health services because he thinks it’s an election cycle issue is not acceptable.

Clearly New Zealand needs an inquiry into our failing mental health services. It appears we also need a change in government to get one.