Labour are supposed to be the party of the public health system in New Zealand. They spent nearly a decade opposing what the 1990s National Government was doing to the health system, and Labour was supposedly going to fix it. They've now had about eight years to do so, but according to a Press report entitled Minister slams health system, Health Minister Pete Hodgson now admits the health system is riddled with problems. The article says that Hodgson has also 'described the health system as one where fiefdoms, traditions, egos and rituals abound'. Furthermore, research shows that as many as 1 in 8 patients experience adverse and unintended treatment injuries through the health service, and although this was brought to the Government's intention some time again, nothing has been done.