Improving primary healthcare should be priority

- APNU’s Cummings

Using her inaugural budget presentation to critique government’s plan and programmes for healthcare, APNU Member of Parliament Dr Karen Cummings on Thursday said that the improvement of the primary healthcare system should be the priority rather than secondary projects.

“Pay more attention to primary healthcare, which would have wider scope and greater impact in promoting health and human development rather than the deliberate orchestration to put in place mechanisms to foster the distribution of patronage to those who are perceived to be loyal or satisfy certain prescribed conditions,” Cummings told the National Assembly.

Ignoring the stares of members of on government’s side, who seemed engrossed in her speech yet displeased at the same time, Cummings used data and events to justify her criticisms of the budget, which she said lacked lustre and had omissions. A practising doctor, she made several recommendations for the …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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