The country’s drug-buying agency Pharmac recently announced a major deal with the drug company Novartis for nine new treatments and six new medications, which will benefit around 300,000 people. It says it is the most significant bulk purchasing deal since it was created 21 years ago. Kathryn Ryan from Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme talked to Pharmac Chief Executive Steffan Crausaz:
From the UK – Sky News reports that Ministers have begun exploring a sale of the main supplier of temporary staff to the NHS in a move likely to revive political accusations about its creeping privatisation. Sky News says the Department of Health has appointed accountancy firm Deloitte to review options for NHS Professionals, the state-owned staffing agency. The full article is available here.
A British public health researcher has spent a decade studying rugby injuries in children and says the sport has become too dangerous for children to play. Allyson Pollock is a professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She talked to Kathryn Ryan on Radio New Zealand’s Nine to Noon programme about her research and her book on the subject.
Child psychologist and health services researcher Bill Gardner writes in The Incidental Economist about unwarranted variation in health care spending and health care use, and some of the difficulties in tackling this issue. His article is available here.
The Nursing Council has submitted an application for designated prescribing rights for registered nurses practising in primary health and specialty teams. The application will be considered by the Ministry of Health before further steps are taken to introduce a regulating enabling further registered nurses to prescribe. More information is available here.
Videos from the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) special 25th commemorative conference in Wellington in August are now available on the website.
These include the presentations by keynote speaker Professor Martin McKee to audiences in Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland, as well as the addresses by ASMS Foundation President Dr George Downward to the conference and Past President of the NZ Medical Students Association, Dr Michael Chen-Xu.
Past presidents of the ASMS also reflect on their time in the role and the …
For many years now Professor Martin McKee from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been shining light on the funding of health care around the world and the consequences for individuals and their communities. In August, he addressed some of New Zealand’s most senior doctors on the evidence for government investment in health care at a special conference to mark 25 years of the ASMS: The argument for investment in public health.