A law requiring newborns to be enrolled in a general practice before they are six weeks old is a step closer, thanks to a private member’s Bill submitted by National MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar.
Dr Parmar’s Newborn Enrolment with General Practice Bill passed its first reading this week. It 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.
“It is important that our children receive the best start in life, and National is working hard to ensure the Government provides high-quality health services for Kiwi families.
“Following on from Coroner Wallace Bain’s comments and recommendation this week to help reduce rates of child abuse, my Bill aims to improve health and social outcomes for newborns and their families through improved access to health care, and the opportunity for earlier detection of both health and social issues.
“By enrolling newborns with a general practice, we can ensure they are connected to various agencies and services including maternity care, Well Child Tamariki Ora (WCTO) services, immunizations, and primary care.
“My bill will ensure more children and families can benefit from these services,” Dr Parmar says.