Election Guide (2011)

Election Guide

On October 28, 2011, No Forced Vaccines sent out a questionnaire regarding political parties policies concerning vaccination and specifically asking about parties’ positions about the recommendations of the Report of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to increase vaccination rates. (The text of the questionnaire will be at the bottom of this page.)

The coordinator for the site is not a member of any political party and does not know the political affiliations (if any) of the great majority of members/supporters of No Forced Vaccines.

Members of political parties who disagree with their party’s vaccination policy may like to consider working within their party to reform its policy.

NB: Letters from MPs/spokespeople from other parties concerning the Report of the Health Select Committee may be read at this link:

http://www.noforcedvaccines.org/political-responses/

 

 

To date(12/11/11)  two political parties have responded to the questionnaire.

In order of response, the replies have been received from:

 

Democrats for Social Credit (reply received 10/11/11)

Act  (reply received 11/11/11)

 

Reply from Democrats for Social Credit

“As a general indication of the Democrats for Social Credit approach to these matters (a) we are in favour of the public being given complete information regarding vaccines and (b) we absolutely oppose any compulsion regarding vaccination.
I have attached further comment (in red) to the individual questions below.
Yours sincerely,
David Tranter
Health Spokesman
Democrats for Social Credit.”

 

BELOW IS THE FULL REPLY FROM THE DEMOCRATS FOR SOCIAL CREDIT. ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ARE IN RED.

Dear Sirs/Madams,

On behalf of the group No Forced Vaccines I request your party’s position regarding key recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to improve immunisation completion rates.

This is a human rights matter of increasing public concern.

Response of political parties will be made available to the voting public on the website www.noforcedvaccines.org and distributed to a wide range of organisations which have an interest and health and human rights.

http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf

Please answer the following questions  by November 11.  (If you fail to respond to this questionnaire, it will be assumed that this is because your party supports the recommendations in the Report, and this will be noted on the organisation’s website.)

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Smith

The questions are as follows:


1)  Is your party aware of the following provisions of the NZ Bills of Rights Act 1990 which pertains to medical treatment?     Yes.

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 8 [Life]

“No one shall be deprived of life except on such grounds as are established by law and are consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.”  [This is relevant to vaccination since in rare cases adverse reactions may result in the death of the vaccine recipient.]

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 10 [Experimentation]
“Every person has the right not to be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation without that person’s consent.”

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990   Section 11 [Medical Treatment]
“Everyone has the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment.”

2)  Is your party aware that the number of vaccinations that the Ministry of Health expects babies and children to receive has increased considerably in recent years; that vaccination can cause side effects that range from transient and trivial to severe and chronic or even life threatening and that there is a powerful pro-vaccine lobby that seeks to influence both government vaccination policy and the decisions of parents?  Yes.

For example:

2.1)  Are the health and welfare spokespeople for your party aware of the number of vaccines that the Ministry of Health recommends that babies and children aged from 6 weeks to four years receive?  (NB:  The current vaccination schedule may be downloaded from this link: http://www.immune.org.nz/?T=743)
Yes
2.2) Have your health and welfare spokespeople read the manufacturer’s datasheets (detailing vaccine ingredients, potential adverse effects etc.);  for each of the vaccines currently recommended for babies and preschool age children?  (NB:  The datasheet for each vaccine may be downloaded from Medsafe’s website by typing the name of the vaccine into the search box at the following link http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/dsform.asp )
No
2.3) Are the health and welfare spokespeople in your party aware of potential conflicts of interest between those promoting vaccines and the pharmaceutical companies which produce and/or market the vaccines?  (For example, that the Immunisation Advisory Centre – directed by Dr Nikki Turner – is funded by the NZ Ministry of Health but also receives financial support from “private industry” http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=1021 and has in the past  acknowledged  companies supplying vaccines to the NZ market as “sponsors”.)

Yes

3)  Regarding the recommendations of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to increase vaccination completion rates, how does your party stand on the following issues:

National vaccination targets:

3.1) Does your party support the recommended vaccination completion target of 95% of NZ babies and children aged 0-4 years to have received ALL recommended vaccinations? No

Vaccination and ECE/school enrolment:

3.2)  Does your party support the recommendation that parents should be required to produce documentation proving their children’s vaccination status as a condition of enrolling their child in an early childhood education centre or school? No

3.3)  Does your party support the recommendation that this documentation should be (i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or (ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination? No

3.4)  Given that parents whose children have had some but not all vaccinations recommended for their age will not be able to supply the documentation required for enrolment that is specified in (3.3) will your party seek to modify any policy requiring documentation for school entry so that children who are partially vaccinated will be able to enrol in a school or ECE? Yes

Vaccination and access to government benefits/services:

3.5) Does your party support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits”? No

3.6) If your party does support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits” which “parental benefits” would your party support being linked to children’s vaccination status, and why?

In the Government Response to the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from this link
( http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/immunisation ) there is the following statement:  “The Government is currently considering the Welfare Working Group’s final report, titled Reducing Long-Term Benefit Dependency. The Welfare Working Group recommended that every recipient of a welfare payment who is caring for children be required to ensure their children complete the 12 Well Child Tamariki Ora health checks, which include completion of the immunisation schedule, unless they make an informed choice not to.  The Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Social Development and other agencies to provide advice that will inform the Government’s response.”

3.7) Does your party support the agree that parents/guardians who are receiving any sort of benefit should have to choose between either all recommended vaccinations or none (as the text appears to imply) as a condition of receiving a benefit?  No

3.8)  Does your party support a requirement for parents/guardians who are receiving a benefit to ensure that their child/ren   complete all Well Child/Tamariki Ora checks (including a psychological asssessment as part of the B4 School check)? No

Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”:

4) Does your party support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”? [NB:  The Six Star Plan is in the appendix of the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from the following link: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf  ] No

4.1)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”, does your party support Nikki Turner’s proposal that eligibility for 20 Hour Free ECE funding be made conditional on parents supplying either:

(i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or

(ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination

– given that if such a proposal were implemented, children who are partially vaccinated (or those whose parents cannot supply the required documentation for any other reason) would face discrimination and loss of their 20 Hours Free ECE funding?

4.2)   If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age?

4.3)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age, would your party make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”.

4.4) If your party does plan to make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”, please state which benefits you would include in the category of “any child benefit”.

Gagging of health professionals:

5)  Does your party support the recommendations in the Report that appear to be aimed at preventing health professionals who have concerns about either the safety, efficacy or morality of vaccines on the childhood vaccination schedule from sharing these concerns with their patients/clients or the public? No

Additional questions:

Human rights of adults and parents’ rights to make decisions for minor children:

6.1)  Does your party support the concept of individuals (adults) having freedom of choice and informed consent when it comes to medical treatment (including vaccinations)? Yes

6.2)  Does your party agree that it is parents/guardians who have the right to make medical decisions (including those concerning vaccinations) on behalf of their minor children (aged 15 years and younger)?
Yes
6.3)  Does your party support the right of adults to refuse vaccination – and not to be coerced into being vaccinated as a condition of  continued employment (or entry into) in any profession or course of study? Yes

6.4)  Is your party aware that the MMR vaccines used in NZ contain abortion-derived ingredients (the cell line in which the rubella viruses are grown is derived from aborted foetal tissue) therefore some parents (and other adults) who decide against MMR vaccination for themselves or their children do so due to religious reasons?  Any policy that thus ties vaccination completion to government benefits/services thus infringes on people’s human right to practice their religion. Yes

The right to informed consent prior to medical procedures:

7)  Does your party’s general policy in respect to vaccination acknowledge that parents/guardians of babies and children require comprehensive and accurate information about the risks, benefits, and treatments for “vaccine preventable” diseases as well as comprehensive and accurate information about the potential risks and benefits of vaccines that are included on the NZ national vaccination schedule so that parents/guardians can make an informed choice about which vaccination(s) (if any) they want their child/ren to receive (and at what age(s)? Yes

Transparency in the development/implementation of government health policy concerning vaccination:

8) Does your party support publicly-available “registers of interest” for those who are providing advice/lobbying on vaccination-related matters, including Ministry of Health staff, contractors and employees of organisations that receive Ministry of Health funding?  Yes

 

Reply from Act

“Hi,

Here are the answers about vaccines on behalf of ACT Party Health Spokesperson Robyn Stent. There were many question, we have given you general answers about our position after each set of answers.

Regards,

Clodagh”

 

BELOW IS THE FULL REPLY FROM ACT. ANSWERS TO SPECIFIC QUESTIONS ARE IN BOLD.

 

1)  Is your party aware of the following provisions of the NZ Bills of Rights Act 1990 which pertains to medical treatment?

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 8 [Life]

“No one shall be deprived of life except on such grounds as are established by law and are consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.”  [This is relevant to vaccination since in rare cases adverse reactions may result in the death of the vaccine recipient.]

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 10 [Experimentation]
“Every person has the right not to be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation without that person’s consent.”

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990   Section 11 [Medical Treatment]
“Everyone has the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment.”

Yes.

2)  Is your party aware that the number of vaccinations that the Ministry of Health expects babies and children to receive has increased considerably in recent years; that vaccination can cause side effects that range from transient and trivial to severe and chronic or even life threatening and that there is a powerful pro-vaccine lobby that seeks to influence both government vaccination policy and the decisions of parents?

For example:

2.1)  Are the health and welfare spokespeople for your party aware of the number of vaccines that the Ministry of Health recommends that babies and children aged from 6 weeks to four years receive?  (NB:  The current vaccination schedule may be downloaded from this link: http://www.immune.org.nz/?T=743)

2.2) Have your health and welfare spokespeople read the manufacturer’s datasheets (detailing vaccine ingredients, potential adverse effects etc.);  for each of the vaccines currently recommended for babies and preschool age children?  (NB:  The datasheet for each vaccine may be downloaded from Medsafe’s website by typing the name of the vaccine into the search box at the following link http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/dsform.asp )

2.3) Are the health and welfare spokespeople in your party aware of potential conflicts of interest between those promoting vaccines and the pharmaceutical companies which produce and/or market the vaccines?  (For example, that the Immunisation Advisory Centre – directed by Dr Nikki Turner – is funded by the NZ Ministry of Health but also receives financial support from “private industry” http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=1021 and has in the past  acknowledged  companies supplying vaccines to the NZ market as “sponsors”.)

 

ACT is aware that the number of vaccines children now have has increased, but we believe these are vitally important to protect our children against disease. ACT doesn’t believe in compulsory vaccination but believes that the role of the public health sector is to educate people as to the importance of vaccines.

3)  Regarding the recommendations of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to increase vaccination completion rates, how does your party stand on the following issues:

National vaccination targets:

3.1) Does your party support the recommended vaccination completion target of 95% of NZ babies and children aged 0-4 years to have received ALL recommended vaccinations?

Yes

Vaccination and ECE/school enrolment:

3.2)  Does your party support the recommendation that parents should be required to produce documentation proving their children’s vaccination status as a condition of enrolling their child in an early childhood education centre or school?

3.3)  Does your party support the recommendation that this documentation should be (i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or (ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination?

3.4)  Given that parents whose children have had some but not all vaccinations recommended for their age will not be able to supply the documentation required for enrolment that is specified in (3.3) will your party seek to modify any policy requiring documentation for school entry so that children who are partially vaccinated will be able to enrol in a school or ECE?

ACT supports getting as many children vaccinated as possible. We are open to exploring all the recommendations of Health Select Committee about how to get more children immunised, such as requiring children to be vaccinated before they go to school or childcare.

Vaccination and access to government benefits/services:

3.5) Does your party support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits”?

3.6) If your party does support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits” which “parental benefits” would your party support being linked to children’s vaccination status, and why?

In the Government Response to the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from this link
( http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/immunisation ) there is the following statement:  “The Government is currently considering the Welfare Working Group’s final report, titled Reducing Long-Term Benefit Dependency. The Welfare Working Group recommended that every recipient of a welfare payment who is caring for children be required to ensure their children complete the 12 Well Child Tamariki Ora health checks, which include completion of the immunisation schedule, unless they make an informed choice not to.  The Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Social Development and other agencies to provide advice that will inform the Government’s response.”

3.7) Does your party support the agree that parents/guardians who are receiving any sort of benefit should have to choose between either all recommended vaccinations or none (as the text appears to imply) as a condition of receiving a benefit?

3.8)  Does your party support a requirement for parents/guardians who are receiving a benefit to ensure that their child/ren   complete all Well Child/Tamariki Ora checks (including a psychological asssessment as part of the B4 School check)?

ACT supports getting as many children vaccinated as possible. We are open to exploring all the recommendations of Health Select Committee about how to get more children immunised.

Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”:

4) Does your party support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”? [NB:  The Six Star Plan is in the appendix of the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from the following link: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf  ]

4.1)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”, does your party support Nikki Turner’s proposal that eligibility for 20 Hour Free ECE funding be made conditional on parents supplying either:

(i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or

(ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination

– given that if such a proposal were implemented, children who are partially vaccinated (or those whose parents cannot supply the required documentation for any other reason) would face discrimination and loss of their 20 Hours Free ECE funding?

4.2)   If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age?

4.3)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age, would your party make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”.

4.4) If your party does plan to make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”, please state which benefits you would include in the category of “any child benefit”.

Yes ACT does support Dr Turner’s Six Star Plan. The plan focuses on greater education for parents and the community about immunisation and using primary health carers to track children to ensure they are up to date with immunisation. We feel this is the best way to lift the rate of vaccination.
Gagging of health professionals:

5)  Does your party support the recommendations in the Report that appear to be aimed at preventing health professionals who have concerns about either the safety, efficacy or morality of vaccines on the childhood vaccination schedule from sharing these concerns with their patients/clients or the public?

ACT believes the Government should have no role in telling doctors what kind of medical advice they give their patients. Doctors should present their patients with all the information and the vast majority of medical evidence points to the fact that the merits of vaccination outweigh the risks.
Additional questions:

Human rights of adults and parents’ rights to make decisions for minor children:

6.1)  Does your party support the concept of individuals (adults) having freedom of choice and informed consent when it comes to medical treatment (including vaccinations)?

6.2)  Does your party agree that it is parents/guardians who have the right to make medical decisions (including those concerning vaccinations) on behalf of their minor children (aged 15 years and younger)?

6.3)  Does your party support the right of adults to refuse vaccination – and not to be coerced into being vaccinated as a condition of  continued employment (or entry into) in any profession or course of study?

6.4)  Is your party aware that the MMR vaccines used in NZ contain abortion-derived ingredients (the cell line in which the rubella viruses are grown is derived from aborted foetal tissue) therefore some parents (and other adults) who decide against MMR vaccination for themselves or their children do so due to religious reasons?  Any policy that thus ties vaccination completion to government benefits/services thus infringes on people’s human right to practice their religion.

 

As stated earlier ACT strongly believes that New Zealand needs to increase our rate of immunisation as it protects people against fatal disease. However we don’t support compulsion and think education and incentives are the best tools to encourage vaccination.
The right to informed consent prior to medical procedures:

7)  Does your party’s general policy in respect to vaccination acknowledge that parents/guardians of babies and children require comprehensive and accurate information about the risks, benefits, and treatments for “vaccine preventable” diseases as well as comprehensive and accurate information about the potential risks and benefits of vaccines that are included on the NZ national vaccination schedule so that parents/guardians can make an informed choice about which vaccination(s) (if any) they want their child/ren to receive (and at what age(s)?

Yes and this is a legal requirement in New Zealand under the Code of Health and Disability Consumer’s Rights.
Transparency in the development/implementation of government health policy concerning vaccination:

8) Does your party support publicly-available “registers of interest” for those who are providing advice/lobbying on vaccination-related matters, including Ministry of Health staff, contractors and employees of organisations that receive Ministry of Health funding?

 We have no policy on this particular issue.

 

Clodagh O’Connor-McKenna

Researcher

 

 

Text of Letter Sent Out to All Parties Known to be  Standing Candidates in the 2011 General Election

Dear Sirs/Madams,

On behalf of the group No Forced Vaccines I request your party’s position regarding key recommendations in the Report of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to improve immunisation completion rates.

This is a human rights matter of increasing public concern.

Response of political parties will be made available to the voting public on the website www.noforcedvaccines.org and distributed to a wide range of organisations which have an interest and health and human rights.

http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf

Please answer the following questions within by November 11.  (If you fail to respond to this questionnaire, it will be assumed that this is because your party supports the recommendations in the Report, and this will be noted on the organisation’s website.)

Thank you very much for your time.

Yours sincerely,

Katherine Smith

The questions are as follows:


1)  Is your party aware of the following provisions of the NZ Bills of Rights Act 1990 which pertains to medical treatment?

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 8 [Life]

“No one shall be deprived of life except on such grounds as are established by law and are consistent with the principles of fundamental justice.”  [This is relevant to vaccination since in rare cases adverse reactions may result in the death of the vaccine recipient.]

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990  Section 10 [Experimentation]
“Every person has the right not to be subjected to medical or scientific experimentation without that person’s consent.”

New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990   Section 11 [Medical Treatment]
“Everyone has the right to refuse to undergo any medical treatment.”

2)  Is your party aware that the number of vaccinations that the Ministry of Health expects babies and children to receive has increased considerably in recent years; that vaccination can cause side effects that range from transient and trivial to severe and chronic or even life threatening and that there is a powerful pro-vaccine lobby that seeks to influence both government vaccination policy and the decisions of parents?

For example:

2.1)  Are the health and welfare spokespeople for your party aware of the number of vaccines that the Ministry of Health recommends that babies and children aged from 6 weeks to four years receive?  (NB:  The current vaccination schedule may be downloaded from this link: http://www.immune.org.nz/?T=743)

2.2) Have your health and welfare spokespeople read the manufacturer’s datasheets (detailing vaccine ingredients, potential adverse effects etc.);  for each of the vaccines currently recommended for babies and preschool age children?  (NB:  The datasheet for each vaccine may be downloaded from Medsafe’s website by typing the name of the vaccine into the search box at the following link http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/profs/Datasheet/dsform.asp )

2.3) Are the health and welfare spokespeople in your party aware of potential conflicts of interest between those promoting vaccines and the pharmaceutical companies which produce and/or market the vaccines?  (For example, that the Immunisation Advisory Centre – directed by Dr Nikki Turner – is funded by the NZ Ministry of Health but also receives financial support from “private industry” http://www.immune.org.nz/?t=1021 and has in the past  acknowledged  companies supplying vaccines to the NZ market as “sponsors”.)

3)  Regarding the recommendations of the Health Select Committee following its Inquiry into how to increase vaccination completion rates, how does your party stand on the following issues:

National vaccination targets:

3.1) Does your party support the recommended vaccination completion target of 95% of NZ babies and children aged 0-4 years to have received ALL recommended vaccinations?

Vaccination and ECE/school enrolment:

3.2)  Does your party support the recommendation that parents should be required to produce documentation proving their children’s vaccination status as a condition of enrolling their child in an early childhood education centre or school?

3.3)  Does your party support the recommendation that this documentation should be (i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or (ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination?

3.4)  Given that parents whose children have had some but not all vaccinations recommended for their age will not be able to supply the documentation required for enrolment that is specified in (3.3) will your party seek to modify any policy requiring documentation for school entry so that children who are partially vaccinated will be able to enrol in a school or ECE?

Vaccination and access to government benefits/services:

3.5) Does your party support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits”?

3.6) If your party does support the recommendation that the Ministry of Health consider linking children’s vaccinations with “existing parental benefits” which “parental benefits” would your party support being linked to children’s vaccination status, and why?

In the Government Response to the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from this link
( http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/immunisation ) there is the following statement:  “The Government is currently considering the Welfare Working Group’s final report, titled Reducing Long-Term Benefit Dependency. The Welfare Working Group recommended that every recipient of a welfare payment who is caring for children be required to ensure their children complete the 12 Well Child Tamariki Ora health checks, which include completion of the immunisation schedule, unless they make an informed choice not to.  The Ministry of Health is working with the Ministry of Social Development and other agencies to provide advice that will inform the Government’s response.”

3.7) Does your party support the agree that parents/guardians who are receiving any sort of benefit should have to choose between either all recommended vaccinations or none (as the text appears to imply) as a condition of receiving a benefit?

3.8)  Does your party support a requirement for parents/guardians who are receiving a benefit to ensure that their child/ren   complete all Well Child/Tamariki Ora checks (including a psychological asssessment as part of the B4 School check)?

Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”:

4) Does your party support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”? [NB:  The Six Star Plan is in the appendix of the Report of the Health Select Committee which may be downloaded from the following link: http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/BADCF722-D377-4451-8602-1E00938BFC74/188894/DBSCH_SCR_5060_Inquiryintohowtoimprovecompletionra.pdf  ]

4.1)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”, does your party support Nikki Turner’s proposal that eligibility for 20 Hour Free ECE funding be made conditional on parents supplying either:

(i) a certificate stating that their child has had all recommended vaccinations for his/her age or

(ii) a declination certificate stating that the parents have decided against vaccination

– given that if such a proposal were implemented, children who are partially vaccinated (or those whose parents cannot supply the required documentation for any other reason) would face discrimination and loss of their 20 Hours Free ECE funding?

4.2)   If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age?

4.3)  If your party does support the recommendation to adopt Dr Nikki Turner’s “Six star plan”,  that parents who are receiving “any child benefit”  will have to supply a “completed immunisation certificate or a declination form” when their child turns two years of age, would your party make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”.

4.4) If your party does plan to make supplying the “completed immunisation certificate or declination form” a condition of continuing receipt of “any child benefit”, please state which benefits you would include in the category of “any child benefit”.

Gagging of health professionals:

5)  Does your party support the recommendations in the Report that appear to be aimed at preventing health professionals who have concerns about either the safety, efficacy or morality of vaccines on the childhood vaccination schedule from sharing these concerns with their patients/clients or the public?

Additional questions:

Human rights of adults and parents’ rights to make decisions for minor children:

6.1)  Does your party support the concept of individuals (adults) having freedom of choice and informed consent when it comes to medical treatment (including vaccinations)?

6.2)  Does your party agree that it is parents/guardians who have the right to make medical decisions (including those concerning vaccinations) on behalf of their minor children (aged 15 years and younger)?

6.3)  Does your party support the right of adults to refuse vaccination – and not to be coerced into being vaccinated as a condition of  continued employment (or entry into) in any profession or course of study?

6.4)  Is your party aware that the MMR vaccines used in NZ contain abortion-derived ingredients (the cell line in which the rubella viruses are grown is derived from aborted foetal tissue) therefore some parents (and other adults) who decide against MMR vaccination for themselves or their children do so due to religious reasons?  Any policy that thus ties vaccination completion to government benefits/services thus infringes on people’s human right to practice their religion.

The right to informed consent prior to medical procedures:

7)  Does your party’s general policy in respect to vaccination acknowledge that parents/guardians of babies and children require comprehensive and accurate information about the risks, benefits, and treatments for “vaccine preventable” diseases as well as comprehensive and accurate information about the potential risks and benefits of vaccines that are included on the NZ national vaccination schedule so that parents/guardians can make an informed choice about which vaccination(s) (if any) they want their child/ren to receive (and at what age(s)?

Transparency in the development/implementation of government health policy concerning vaccination:

8) Does your party support publicly-available “registers of interest” for those who are providing advice/lobbying on vaccination-related matters, including Ministry of Health staff, contractors and employees of organisations that receive Ministry of Health funding?

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