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.
A senior Dunedin medical figure has taken issue with new health minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s “condescending” approach towards doctors at the Southern District Health Board. Dunedin Hospital general medical staff chairman Dr James Knight, a psychiatrist and mental health medical director, says the Minister appeared to have visited Dunedin with an “agenda” to tell the DHB it was adequately funded and to play down concerns over staff morale. The full article is available here.
New Zealand has a ‘moral imperative’ to better measure how many people fall through the cracks of its healthcare system, a new report says. An article published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today says New Zealand, similar to many countries, fails to properly consider unmet health care needs. The full story 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.