Pacific Perspectives: Delta outbreak shows health service delivery is problematic

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Wed, 25 Aug 2021, 9:49AM
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Pacific Perspectives: Delta outbreak shows health service delivery is problematic

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Wed, 25 Aug 2021, 9:49AM

Fears a concerning pattern of healthcare inequity is once again being repeated.  

The Director-General of Health's confirmed more than half of the cases in New Zealand's Delta cluster are Pacific people.  

A health expert says it's depressingly familiar - with Pasifika making up 60 per cent of cases in the August 2020 outbreak.  

Consultancy firm Pacific Perspectives' director Debbie Ryan says infectious diseases disproportionately impact Pasifika, time and time again.  

She says there's abundant evidence the way health services are delivered is problematic.  

"That one size fits all approach means that our diverse communities do not get the quality of services they require." 

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