Political commentator Colin James writes that whatever the election result on September 20, John Key will start the next term with diminished personal authority. His recent actions reflect a trading-floor culture, not the disciplined executive management required of a modern prime minister. The article is available here.
The Southern District Health Board’s long-running multimillion dollar dispute with South Link Health has been referred to the Serious Fraud Office, the DHB announced yesterday. The DHB would not say how much money was in dispute but it may be up to $15 million, if interest is included.
Big drug companies, says Helena McAlpine, are “absolutely taking the piss”. The margins on their products are indefensible. If anyone has a right to an opinion on the matter, it’s her. McAlpine was first told she had breast cancer in 2009. She tells Paul Easton that two years later, she received the grim news the disease had spread to her upper skeleton.
“The decision to bring British anti-tax spin doctor Christopher Snowdon to New Zealand last week was just another tired disingenuous attempt to dress up a venal campaign as a genuine debate,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS).
Counties Manukau DHB has analysed the impact of its 20,000 Days campaign and its findings are reported on the HIIRC website. The campaign aimed to give back to the community 20,000 healthy and well days to avoid predicted growth in hospital bed days. The full report is available here.