Alf is braced for a hard time, next time he turns up at the Eketahuna Club.
He has been badly let down by his colleague, Tony Ryall, our Minister of Health.
Ryall declined to be questioned on Radio NZ’s Summer Report this morning about a shortage of oncologists and the axing of chemotherapy for some patients by the central North Island cancer treatment service.
Under the new rules, MidCentral District Health Board no longer will accept referrals for patients who are less likely to benefit from the treatments.
Less likely to benefit?
Who will make this life-or-death decision?
Oh, yes. Doctors.
This is deeply disturbing.