New Zealand Parliament Pāremata Aotearoa

Petition of Chuck Bird: Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern should apologise to cancer patients for treatment delays

Published date: 4 May 2020

Petition request

That the House of Representatives urge the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern to apologise to those cancer patients whose treatment was delayed to allow for a possible influx of people infected by COVID-19.

Petition reason

I read in the NZ Herald on 23 April of a woman with stage two breast cancer and recommended for surgery having to dip into her meagre savings and pay $15,000 to have the surgery done privately. I believe this is not unique and that many cancer patients have had indefinite delays in surgery or scans as a result of the decisions made by a small group of people, including the Prime Minister. Putting the lives of cancer patients lives at risk unnecessarily is unconscionable.

Number of Signatures: 60
Closing date: 25 May 2020