Private Member Bill on new-borns in Parliament

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Dr Parmjeet Parmar

Wellington, May 11, 2017

A Private Member’s Bill by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar was drawn from the Ballot in New Zealand Parliament today.

The following is a statement issued by her:

The ‘New-borns Enrolment with General Practice Bill’ would require all new-borns to be enrolled with a general practice and primary health organisation before his or her first immunisation at six weeks of age.

Improved access

Enrolment with a general practice provides families with improved access to immunisation for their new-borns, and the opportunity for earlier detection of health and social issues.

It is important that our children receive the best start in life, and the government is working hard to provide high-quality health services for Kiwi families.

Our immunisation programme is already protecting thousands of young babies from potentially life-threatening illnesses.

Free GP Visits

We have also introduced free GP visits and prescriptions for all children under 13, as well as free after-hours services.

My bill will ensure that more children and families can benefit from these services.

Dr Parmjeet Parmar has been a Member of Parliament on National List since September 2014.

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