The term ‘wellness’ is a popular buzzword these days – there are wellness programmes, wellness conferences and centres, journals and awards. But what does it mean? Anna Kirkland, an associate professor of women’s studies and political science at the University of Michigan, scrutinises the term in an article in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and the Law, attempting to draw out all of the political, legal, ethical and practical controversies contained within it. The full article is available
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.
This is the fourth issue for 2014 of our electronic publication, Executive Direct, to report to members on National Executive news. This Direct reports on the last Executive meeting held on 25 September: 25th Commemorative Conference and Martin McKee visit; To BIM we go; Collective bargaining with non-DHB employers; Health sector relationship agreement steering group; Other matters …
We welcome any feedback on the contents of the 12th issue for 2014 of ASMS Direct, our national electronic publication. This issue covers the following matters: new Health Minister; thinking of working in Queensland? At your peril; register now for the ASMS Annual Conference in November; joint consultative committees; new appointees survey; collective employment agreements deliver pay rises; Whale Oil attacks on public health experts; ASMS homepage news items.
New Zealand’s public health system is under pressure. It’s a struggle for many to get onto hospital waiting lists for surgery or to see a specialist, chronic illnesses continue to increase, and mental health pressures worsen. Senior doctors are working longer and harder to cover staff shortages, and hospitals are spreading themselves more thinly than ever in a bid to do more with less money. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) is concerned about the pressure on the medical workforce and what this will mean for the provision of future health care. After analysing the best available evidence, the ASMS has prepared a report which highlights just how vulnerable the medical workforce is.