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NZMA supports pro-vaccination stand

Other News 26 May 2017 Media release - NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association supports Dr Lance O’Sullivan’s stand against the misinformation being peddled by anti-vaccination agitators, and deplores the personal attacks made against him and his family. “Evidence-based medicine is at the heart of what we, as doctors, do,” says NZMA Chair Dr Kate Baddock. “A key principle in our Code of Ethics is that—as a profession—we adhere to the scientific basis for medical practice. “Children are the most vulnerable members of our society. It is our responsibility …

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NZMSA Supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan: Vaccines Save Lives

Other News 26 May 2017 Media Release - NZMSA

The New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA) supports Dr. Lance O’Sullivan’s comments that promotion of falsehoods about vaccination results in harm to our children, the most vulnerable members of society. Healthcare providers, such as Dr. O’Sullivan, spend their lives working towards improving and maintaining the wellbeing of New Zealanders. The continued spreading of misinformation surrounding vaccination threatens to damage the work they do to protect New Zealanders against vaccine-preventable diseases. Since the advent of vaccination, millions of deaths have been …

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NZ joins global response to antimicrobial resistance

Other News 26 May 2017 Media Release - Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Food Safety Minister David Bennett welcome the announcement of New Zealand’s action plan for tackling the growing issue of antimicrobial resistance. “Antimicrobial resistance is a global issue that requires a global response. New Zealand has joined other countries in announcing its action plan at the World Health Assembly in Geneva,” says Dr Coleman. “Like other countries, New Zealand has seen a rise in antibiotic resistant infections so it’s important that we have this action plan. …

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Health funding falls short of what is needed – again

ASMS News 25 May 2017 Media Release - ASMS

“The Government’s decision today not to fund public health care to the level needed is a serious blow for New Zealand’s communities,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). A preliminary analysis shows there is a total operational funding shortfall of approximately $300 million.  The budget for district health boards (including money for new initiatives) is $12.683 billion. There is a funding shortfall of approximately $163 million in order to tread water. “This was …

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Reaction – Budget 2017

Other News 25 May 2017 Media Release

CTU report on Budget 2017 Health is $305 million short of what is needed, including DHBs being $163 million short and Mental health funding is over $40 million short of the increase required by the rapid increase in need. Read the CTU report on Budget 2017 here: CTU-Report-on-Budget-2017 No relief for nurses or DHBs in Budget 2017 – $2b more needed Budget 2017 does not bring relief to pressured nurses. It fails to increase operational funding to a level that would mean …

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Budget 2017

Other News 25 May 2017 Media release - budget 2017

Health investment increases to a record $16.8b Budget 2017 will invest an extra $3.9 billion over four years into Vote Health taking the total health investment to a record $16.77 billion in 2017/18, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says. “Delivering better health services for a growing country remains this Government’s number one funding priority,” Dr Coleman says. “The additional funding will deliver a range of new initiatives to meet cost pressures as well as population growth. Read more here: Health …

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Doctor’s disabled son ‘attacked’ by anti-vaccination group

Other News 25 May 2017 New Zealand Herald

A doctor who supports compulsory immunisation for Kiwi children says his family have been attacked by the anti-vaccination community. Dr Lance O’Sullivan today revealed personal threats and “vile” comments from people in the group – a direct response to his stance on the issue. This week, O’Sullivan disrupted the Kaitaia screening of anti-vaccination film Vaxxed – From Cover-up to Catastrophe telling the audience the arguments behind the film were “based on lies and fraudulent information that …

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Waikato Hospital capacity crisis could happen again

Other News 25 May 2017 Kelsey Wilkie - Stuff

Capacity issues heading into winter mean this week’s crisis at Waikato Hospital could happen again. The hospital saw a “stunning” volume of patients this week, pushing it over capacity. On Tuesday, clinical leader for quality and patient safety Douglas Stephenson said they would be taking only emergencies at the emergency department. It was 24 hours of crisis mode, he said. “We found ourselves on Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock with literally 42 patients sitting in our emergency department, we did not have beds for them to go into – which is not a good predicament. Our ED …

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Budget 2017: Parties seek big boost in health funding

Other News 24 May 2017 Isacc Davidson - New Zealand Herald

For four years in a row, the Government’s press release on Budget day has been identical: “Health budget increases to record high”. National has lifted spending on health in each of the last four years, hitting $16.1 billion in 2016 – a 1.3 per cent increase. Another record spend is possible on Thursday, as the Government’s books continue to improve. Analysis by trade unions and Opposition parties, however, gives a different slant to the Government’s annual headline. According to a …

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Waikato Hospital’s emergency department overloaded

Other News 24 May 2017 Stuff

Unless it’s a real emergency, people are advised against heading to the Waikato Hospital – instead they are urged to see their GPs or ring the Healthline. The start of winter has seen the hospital overloaded and above capacity, which has lead to increased numbers of patients waiting in the Emergency Department (ED) for an inpatient bed. On Tuesday, Clinical Director General Medicine Douglas Stephenson said they will be taking only emergencies at the ED and anyone with non-urgent care may have to wait a little longer. …

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