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Expert with primary care knowledge and mana sought for new ministry role

23 February 2018 Virginia McMillan - New Zealand Doctor

The Ministry of Health is about to appoint its first chief advisor primary care since former GP Jim Primrose left the organisation four years ago. It will be the first new clinical advisor role created for the relatively new office of the chief medical officer. The job is being advertised as having a primary care focus. The chief medical officer is Andrew Simpson, a former Capital & Coast DHB medical oncologist. Dr Simpson says the appointee will be a subject matter expert with a wider view, and will …

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Labour dodges the question on third medical school

23 February 2018 Thomas Manch - Stuff

Health Minister Dr David Clark has denied claims he told Otago University the bid for a Waikato medical school is dead. National MPs probed Clark on the proposal in Parliament and the minister effectively dodged the question. Clark says Labour is exploring proposals for a third medical school, but both National and University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley are unconvinced. Read the article here: 

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CTU raises concerns on the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

22 February 2018 Council of Trade Unions

Many of you will be aware that the government has announced the TPP-11 (now the CPTPP) is due to be signed in Chile on 8 March. The CTU still has significant concern with it. It is fundamentally the same agreement as the old TPPA, with changes to around 20 provisions that have been suspended, with over 1000 clauses intact. The CTU have written to Hon David Parker with requests for response to several areas where there are outstanding concerns, read …

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Charity upset pre-election pledge for separate fund for rare diseases off the table

22 February 2018 New Zealand Herald

The country’s biggest charity helping people dealing with rare disorders is upset the Government has gone back on what it says was a multi-million dollar pre-election pledge for rare diseases. The NZ Organisation for Rare Disorders says it is stunned a $20 million pledge to establish a separate fund that would allow rare disease patients to access life-saving medicines would not go ahead. However, the now Government says no such amount or policy was ever announced and that money would …

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Boyd Swinburn: Doubters try to bury sugary-drinks tax

19 February 2018 Boyd Swinburn - New Zealand Herald

A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) concluded that a sugary drinks tax by itself would not significantly reduce obesity. This has fuelled the merchants of doubt who are opposed to including it in a multi-strategy approach to reduce our appallingly high rates of childhood obesity and dental caries. The report drew the wrong conclusions because it dismissed the estimated changes of body weight as trivial when in fact, applied across the whole population, they are …

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Oral health expert Robin Whyman slams claims made by fluoride critic Paul Connett

16 February 2018 Victoria White - New Zealand Herald

Fluoridating drinking water is about protecting the health interests of the wider population, a dental expert says. This comes in response to a Fluoride Free meeting held on Wednesday, where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett told a 100-person audience about water fluoridation and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment. However, Hawke’s Bay District Health Board clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman said the board supported fluoridation as evidence showed its effect on reducing …

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Mr Andrew Connolly re-elected chairperson of the Medical Council of New Zealand

15 February 2018 Media Release - Medical Council of New Zealand

At the Council’s first meeting of the year, Mr Connolly was unanimously elected chairperson of Council for another 12 months. Appointed to the Council in November 2009, Mr Connolly was elected deputy chair of Council in February 2012 and was first elected chairperson of Council in February 2014. Mr Connolly is a general and colorectal surgeon, employed fulltime at Counties Manukau District Health Board. Council members also unanimously re-elected, Ms Laura Mueller, a lay member as the Council’s deputy chairperson. …

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The acute case for new hospitals

13 February 2018 Gregor Coster - Stuff

OPINION:  All of us need good hospitals near us so that when accidents happen or we get sick, we can access both acute and planned healthcare provided by well-trained doctors and nurses working in modern facilities. A number of our hospitals are ageing and require significant maintenance, and in some cases need to be replaced by new facilities. Over recent years there has been a limited amount of capital available to build new hospitals, particularly with the rebuild of Christchurch hospitals …

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Mr Fix-It: The man taking on troubled Waikato DHB

12 February 2018 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

Derek Wright has a reputation as a fix-it man. The interim chief executive at Waikato District Health Board has spent most of his career in health managing broken situations back to repair. As the replacement for Dr Nigel Murray, who resigned in October amid an expenses scandal, Wright is arguably tasked with his biggest challenge yet. That is; change the culture, create a workplace people are proud of, get Waikato Hospital to the top of its game, and turnaround the …

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Information requests spike at Waikato DHB during expenses scandal

9 February 2018 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

At the same time Waikato District Health Board was rocked by an expenses scandal involving its chief executive, Official Information Act [OIA] requests climbed to the highest in three years and cost taxpayers an estimated $200,000. Of the 262 OIA requests made last year, at least 107 were from media – three times the number of media requests for official information than in the two years prior. Read the article here:

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