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Doctors fear coronavirus will hit NZ at same time as winter flu season

21 February 2020 RNZ NEWS

Doctors fear the coronavirus Covid-19 will hit New Zealand at the same time as the winter flu season, stretching health services and hospitals to breaking point. A report by the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research says New Zealand needs to do more to prepare for a pandemic and not rely on travel bans. Sarah Dalton, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, said “I think our whole public health function in terms of epidemiology, planning, preparedness for …

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Middlemore doctor slams govt inaction on obesity

17 February 2020 Stuff

Middlemore Hospital intensive care specialist Dr David Galler sees the impact of obesity every day and believes his region has been abandoned in its fight against fat. Dr Galler and ASMS have been highly critical of the government’s decision to allow the food industry to continue self-regulating fast food advertising and have written to the Health Minister calling for tighter regulations. Read more        

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Don’t talk to me about resilience …

22 January 2020 British Medical Association

Hollow words about coping and resilience are not only patronising but make doctors who face unsustainable pressures feel it is their fault if they are struggling, says emergency medicine consultant Shewli Rahman. I arrived for my on-call, parked, sat in my car and realised I couldn’t get out. This wasn’t a bad day, bad week, or even a bad month. I simply didn’t want to be a doctor any more. I wanted it all to stop. I had been an …

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Our sick hospitals

21 January 2020 NZ Herald

The NZ Herald reveals serious hospital infrastructure issues across the country, including cramped, leaky and outdated buildings, old wiring that poses a fire hazard, not enough theatre space and a lack of equipment to help transfer vulnerable newborns.  It says they are a major risk to the treatment and safety of patients.  Highlights ASMS’ Hospitals on the Edge report. Read here

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Bushfire smoke research will help doctors – AMA

17 January 2020 Australian Medical Association

The Australian Medical Association says the findings of new bushfire smoke research will provide people with better knowledge of prevention measures and empower doctors with better clinical solutions to care for communities affected by future extreme bushfires and other air quality emergencies. Australia’s Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has announced $5 million funding for research into both the physiological and mental health impacts of prolonged exposure to bushfire smoke on people and whole communities after weeks of warnings about air quality. …

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‘When do I get to see the doctor?’ A senior doctor on gender and medicine

16 January 2020 Ellen O'Dwyer - Stuff

After 30 years in the medical profession, Ruth Large is still being asked is she’s the doctor. Large is an emergency physician working at both Thames and Waikato hospital, she also works as clinical director of information services at Waikato DHB. She’s got a clinical role in a small rural hospital which she loves, a role in a big emergency department, and the rest of her time is spent looking at digital health care delivery. Decades on, recent reports have shown disparities …

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Emergency department staff slam DHB for ‘refusing’ to release report

15 January 2020 Stuff

Emergency department workers at Hutt Hospital say they are being kept in the dark over a report concerning an incident in which four staff were bashed. More than 40 nurses and doctors have signed a letter calling on the Hutt Valley District Health Board to release the findings of the independent report completed last year. Staff  say the letter has gone unanswered since August. Read story here    

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Health boards struggle to recover overseas patient debt

9 January 2020 Stuff

Overseas visitors have racked up millions of dollars in treatment bills in New Zealand hospitals over the past five years – only a portion of which is likely to have been recovered.  Healthcare provided to ineligible patients included emergency department admissions, outpatient appointments and acute inpatient admissions for a range of conditions. Read more

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Whakaari / White Island: Whakatāne Hospital staff take stress leave

19 December 2019 Radio New Zealand

Whakatāne hospital doctors, nurses and specialists are taking stress leave after the horror of last week’s deadly eruption at Whakaari / White Island. Local GPs, health boards around the country and specialists from Australia are stepping up to help out. For those still alive after being caught in the eruption, 14 remain in four hospitals around New Zealand, with 10 still in a critical condition. Another 13 were transferred to hospitals in Australia, where one died. Whakatāne Hospital pastoral care …

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Air pollution in NSW is a public health emergency

17 December 2019 Climate and Health Alliance

27 health and medical groups in Australia, which includes a number of joint Australia/New Zealand organisations, have released a  statement saying that air pollution from bushfires in New South Wales is a public health emergency. They are calling on the federal and state governments to take action. High levels of air pollution are expected to continue. Read the statement here    

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