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Ministry called to aid SDHB

22 February 2019 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

The Ministry of Health has been called in to help the Southern District Health Board develop a financial recovery plan, as its annual deficit soars towards $26million. Yesterday, the ministry finally released monthly updates on financial performance for DHBs, which were halted at the end of June last year. They show almost all 20 DHBs are expecting to end the current financial year in the red. The potential budgeted deficit for all DHBs is about $346million. Health Minister David Clark …

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DHBs on notice over financial performance

21 February 2019 Media Release - Health Minister Dr David Clark

Health Minister David Clark says District Health Boards are on notice to improve their financial performance and demonstrate they have a plan to return to financial sustainability. The Ministry of Health has today released monthly financial reports which show almost all DHBs are expecting to end the current financial year in the red, with a potential budgeted year-end deficit for all DHBs of around $346 million. David Clark says the forecasts are disappointing, but not altogether unexpected. “Our public health …

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Health Minister David Clark vetoing DHB pay agreements, union claims

18 February 2019 NewsHub - Dan Satherley

Health Minister David Clark has been accused of interfering in agreements between DHBs and their staff. All non-urgent surgeries scheduled at Lakes DHB facilities that require general anaesthetic will be postponed or cancelled this week, as Rotorua anaesthetic technicians strike for five days in a fight for better pay and working conditions. APEX union advocate Luke Coxon says they aren’t asking for much. “There’s only $25,000 difference between the union’s proposal and the DHB’s… that’s the total cost. That’s not …

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DHBs accuse junior doctors union of misleading claims

18 February 2019 By Lydia Schumacher

District health boards are accusing the junior doctors’ union of making misleading and or deceptive statements in their deepening pay row. The doctors are taking ongoing strike action at public hospitals in a bitter row over proposed changes to their employment contract. DHBs say inaccurate union statements are fueling the dispute, and it’s calling for urgent intervention from the Employment Relations Authority. RNZ health correspondent, Karen Brown. Listen here: David Munro from the Resident Doctors Association responds:

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Exploitation and abuse of female doctors may be getting worse

14 February 2019 The Sydney Morning Herald - Aisha Dow, Anthony Colangelo

Young female doctors in Victoria are dropping out of their training because medicine’s notoriously toxic culture of abuse and exploitation may have worsened in recent years. This is the position of Victoria’s peak medical lobby group, which has called on the state government to launch a review into gender discrimination, sexual harassment and bullying at public hospitals. The Australian medical fraternity has a long history of discriminatory treatment of women, highlighted by successive scandals. But Australian Medical Association Victoria president …

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Junior doctors pressured to fudge work hours prompts push for audit

14 February 2019 The Sydney Morning Herald - Kate Aubusson

Doctors are demanding public and private hospitals submit to an independent audit of trainee doctor work hours, as fresh claims of junior doctor exploitation continue to emerge. The case of Dr Yumiko Kadota – who was hospitalised for sleep deprivation after working up to 24 consecutive days on-call at Bankstown Hospital – ignited outrage among senior and trainee clinicians across Australia. On closed social media sites for doctors, and through intermediaries, junior doctors have described working beyond exhaustion, …

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Junior doctors strike as dispute continues

12 February 2019 ASMS

Junior doctors are on strike again this morning for two days as tension mounts in public hospitals from strikes. The strike from 8am Tuesday until early Thursday is the third such strike by the doctors since mid January. The doctors are also planning a fourth two-day strike in two weeks’ time. Health correspondent Karen Brown talks through the details with Guyon Espiner. Listen here: Senior doctors at Palmerston North Hospital say they are tired and frustrated by the strikes …

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Govt to ban smoking in cars carrying children

12 February 2019 Radio New Zealand - Katie Doyle

The government has announced it will ban smoking in cars carrying children under 18 years of age. Vaping will also be included in the ban and will apply to moving and parked vehicles. Under the new rules, police will be able to use their discretion to give warnings, refer people to anti-smoking support services, or issue an infringement fee of $50. Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa said too many children, especially Māori and Pasifika, were exposed to second-hand smoke in …

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Mental health working group replacement criticised

12 February 2019 Radio New Zealand - Jess McAllen

The 21-member working group set up to advise the government’s response to the mental health inquiry has been replaced with several more working groups. But mental health advocates have said the process runs the risk of unnecessarily repeating the inquiry. The 200-page mental health inquiry report was handed to the government in November. The inquiry panel held more than 400 meetings across New Zealand and had about 5000 submissions. Read more here:

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New details of spending by Dr Nigel Murray emerge in Waikato DHB draft investigation report

12 February 2019 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

A damning internal investigation into the irregular expenses of a health board boss show personal spending and attempts to conceal the breaches. But a lawyer for Dr Nigel Murray said the report was only ever a draft and was subject to change. The Waikato District Health Board’s investigation into its then chief executive’s spending has never been released to the public until now. The 46-page report by barrister Maria Dew, dated September 22, 2017, was released to the Herald, under the …

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