The latest newsletter from the World Medical Association (WMA) is available online. It contains articles on a flu immunisation campaign, building resilient health systems in Ebola-affected countries, torture and the involvement of health professionals, and a call for urgent action on climate change to protect health.
Palmerston North Hospital workers are frustrated about minimal pay increases when they say the district health board chief’s half-million pay packet gets a more substantial boost. Administration and clerical staff at MidCentral Health were offered only a 0.7 per cent pay increase this year, as well as a 1 per cent lump sum payment. The full article is available here.
The Commonwealth Fund has been publishing surveys comparing health care in industrialised countries since 1998, a continuing report card in which the United States has usually fared poorly because of its high proportion of uninsured people. Its latest report looks at people over 65 and finds a multitude of problems. The full article can be read here.
A Southland surgeon has been made a professor at the University of Otago. University of Otago has promoted Southland general surgeon Konrad Richter to clinical associate professor at the Dunedin School of Medicine. The full article is available here.
The 26th ASMS Annual Conference was held at Te Papa in Wellington on 27 and 28 November 2014, with ASMS branch officers from around the country in attendance.
National President Hein Stander spoke about the relationship between distributive clinical leadership, a joyful workforce and compassionate health care. He was followed by Marise Stuart from the New Zealand Medical Students Association, who talked about the need to invest in a culture of care and teamwork.
The conference voted unanimously to award life membership …
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.