Patients Rights

Welcome to Patients' Rights!

History

Patients' Rights Advocacy Waikato Inc. was established in the early 1980s and became incorporated in 1988. We currently have over 400 members. Our funding is independent from government or corporate influence. We rely on subscriptions,grants, donations and bequests. We are a registered charity. In 1988 the former prime minister Bill English stated that New Zealand had the highest rates of adverse reactions to drugs, in the world. We hope to reverse these statistics by educating patients about the effects of many prescribed drugs so that they may make a truly informed choice over their medical treatment.

We encourage patients to take responsibility for their health and well-being and to exercise those rights guaranteed to them under the Universal Bill of Human Rights and under the NZ Health & Disability Commission.

We endeavor to educate the Government and the public on the risks of psychiatric drugs of which many are addictive and carry serious side effects, both physical and mental. Some drug restrictions have been introduced in part because of work that PRAWI has done in this area. Withdrawal from ANY psychiatric drug must be very gradual and carefully monitored, as suddenly stopping may cause a 'rebound' effect which can be extremely severe. It is our hope to provide a retreat style facility for those in such circumstances.

Patients' Rights Advocacy also assists with making complaints for medical injury or error or misdiagnosis or ACC claims and reviews, or merely supporting a patient who feels ignored or dismissed.

Our objectives


Medicinal

Assist patients to exercise their rights in the health area, whether they are in or out of hospital.

Medicinal

Improve and encourage provider compliance with laws and codes of practice.

Medicinal

Provide people with information and knowledge to enable them to be responsible for their own health.

Medicinal

To promote accountability within the medical profession, including diagnosis and code of rights.

Medicinal

Inform patients of their legal rights and assist with legal representation. This includes personal injuries by accident, medical misadventure, benzodiazepine claims and redress through ACC.

Membership Subscriptions
Individual $20
Family $35
Group/org $45

Payments may be by cash, cheque,or direct debit to SBS 03-1355-0694958-00 please reference name & 'sub'.

In accordance with the Charities Act 2005 we will provide receipts for donations over $5 which are tax deductible.


OUR SERVICES

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New York

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Mark McRoberts

New York

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New York

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OUR LATEST NEWS

Opening Hours of Patient Rights

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    Opening Hours

  • Monday
    9:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday
    10:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday
    8:30 am – 1:30 pm
  • Thrusday
    11:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Friday
    10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Saturday
    11:30 am – 2:30 pm
  • Sunday
    Family Doctor

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