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New research links poor housing to hospital admissions

15 August 2019 Media Release - Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand

A research paper conducted by the University of Otago that was published today has shown a strong link between damp, mouldy housing and hospital admissions for young children with respiratory infections. “This research confirms the extra burden placed on too many families trying to keep their children safe. Poor housing standards that harm children are totally unacceptable”, said Green Party housing spokesperson Marama Davidson. “We need to see more urgent progress on enforcing the Government’s healthy homes standards. Housing New …

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Measles outbreak: Twenty-seven new cases in Auckland in one day, national number surpasses 500

13 August 2019 Hannah Martin - Stuff

Auckland’s measles outbreak is showing no sign of slowing down, with 27 new cases confirmed in the space of one day. As of Tuesday, there have been 410 cases of the highly infectious illness in the region so far this year, jumping from 383 on Monday. Auckland Regional Public Health Service saw the largest week-on-week increase last week, with 58 new cases. It comes as the latest surveillance report from ESR shows there have been 516 confirmed measles cases across New Zealand this year. The total number …

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‘No public inquiry needed’. Southern DHB boss

13 August 2019 Radio New Zealand - Nine to Noon

Chris Fleming, the head of Southern DHB says there’s no need for a public inquiry into its treatment of bowel cancer patients, and major failings are being addressed. It’s in response to criticisms levelled by Phil Bagshaw, one of two clinicians tasked with auditing the DHB’s colonoscopy and bowel cancer service, who said more needed to be done to address their recommendations. Listen here:

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Deal between junior doctors, DHBs ends two-year stand off

13 August 2019 Radio New Zealand

Both sides are claiming victory in the long-running industrial dispute between junior doctors and district health boards. They have agreed to a new employment agreement and it’s been ratified by the doctors’ union, the Resident Doctors Association. The new two-year deal ends a standoff that sparked 13 days of strikes at almost all public hospitals this year. RNZ health correspondent Karen Brown discusses what it means moving forward: The Resident Doctors Association talks to Checkpoint:

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Royal Society Te Apārangi launches information on the legal and regulatory implications of gene editing

13 August 2019 Royal Society Te Apārangi

The Royal Society Te Apārangi has today published a paper on the legal and regulatory implications of gene editing. The expert panel set up by Royal Society Te Apārangi to consider the implications of new gene-technologies in healthcare, pest control and the primary industries, has concluded there is a need to move on from a black and white view of “GM or not GM” to a more nuanced view that recognises a wide range of applications of the technology, some …

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More evidence of public hospitals under pressure

9 August 2019 Media Release - ASMS

“Reports of yet another full public hospital struggling to cope with the winter influx of patients is more evidence of a public health system under extreme pressure,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). He was commenting on reports that more than 300 people had turned up to Waikato Hospital’s emergency department over a 24-hour period ( Other hospitals also feeling the pressure over winter have included Tauranga and Whakatane ( along …

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Why the Serious Fraud Office closed case against Waikato DHB boss Nigel Murray

6 August 2019 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

Criminal charges against Dr Nigel Murray for his use of taxpayer money while in charge of a district health board were abandoned by the Serious Fraud Office because of the cost involved in interviewing witnesses in Canada. In July, after a 19-month investigation, the Serious Fraud Office announced it would not pursue a case against the former Waikato DHB chief executive and closed its investigation, raising the ire of those who complained about his spending. Read more here:

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Connecting medical specialists

6 August 2019 ASMS

Pilot project Experts in Healthcare Exchange or EHE is looking at how empowered and connected senior doctors are as a group. The aim is to maximise a sense of community among senior healthcare professionals globally and increase the chances for collaboration and community involvement. A two minute survey has been created to gauge the landscape initially. The proposals include an exchange programme for medical specialists (UK, Canada and NZ) and a dedicated online platform to share and connect through ideas …

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January surgery programme on cards

2 August 2019 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

The Southern District Health Board is considering whether to repeat this year’s push to increase the amount of elective surgery it does. In January, when operating theatres are generally less used, the SDHB ran an expanded surgical programme to perform more revenue-gaining elective surgery and address waiting lists. Unexpectedly, the extra surgeries saw extra cancer cases being diagnosed, which led to the radiation oncology waiting list increasing by more than 100 patients – a situation which an SDHB commissioners’ meeting …

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Thames Hospital’s warrant of fitness revoked

2 August 2019 Kelly Tantau - Stuff

Thames Hospital is without a warrant of fitness after possible firestopping​ defects failed to impress council. In June, the hospital was named as one of 13 Waikato DHB buildings which did not have their warrant of fitness. But on Monday, the DHB issued a warrant for Thames Hospital and its separate birthing unit. However, it was quickly revoked after queries were raised by the Thames-Coromandel District Council. Operations group manager Bruce Hinson​ said council’s concerns were that the BWOFs were overdue and that fire separations at the …

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