Dr Parmjeet Parmar’s Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill was drawn in the Parliamentary Ballot today, and will be introduced for its first reading.
“The bill requires all newborns to be enrolled with a general practice and primary health organisation before his or her first immunisation at six weeks of age,” says Dr Parmar.
“Enrolment with a general practice provides families with improved access to immunisation for their newborns, 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. 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 more children and families can benefit from these services”.
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