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DHB was warned of syphilis outbreak: ‘They are all complicit in this’

27 July 2018 Nicholas Jones - NZ Herald

Auckland DHB was repeatedly warned of “out of control” syphilis rates before it made cuts to sexual health positions, documents show. Syphilis, once almost eradicated in New Zealand, is at epidemic levels and there have been stillbirths after the sexually transmitted infection was passed on during pregnancy. The deaths have put a renewed spotlight on funding for sexual health services nationwide, particularly in Auckland, where an overhaul last year saw the number of full time specialist positions covering the entire …

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Ophthalmology services seeing benefits from redevelopment

27 July 2018 Rebecca Moore - Stuff

Excessive demand and concerning patient wait times for ophthalmology services at Southland Hospital are decreasing. At a Southern District Health Board meeting on Thursday, the board was told there had been significant improvements in the ophthalmology services sector in the past three years. In November 2016, there 4684 patients in total in the department, and 30 percent (1394) were overdue for appointments and surgeries. Results from July 15 this year, showed an increase of patients to 4933, but only 10 percent …

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Hospital project delays cost DHB $50,000 a month

27 July 2018 Laura Mills - Otago Daily Times

Delays over the new Greymouth Hospital are costing the West Coast District Health Board about $50,000 a month. The hospital had been due to open in April this year, then in midwinter, but that has now been pushed into 2019. DHB executive director planning, funding and decision support Carolyn Gullery said the current Grey Base Hospital was old, difficult to maintain and inefficient to heat and service. “The efficiencies and reduced maintenance costs that we expect with a new facility …

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Health minister warned of Mason Clinic ‘service failure’ risk

27 July 2018 Nicholas Jones - NZ Herald

The Health Minister has been warned of a “service failure” risk at the Mason Clinic and told it will eventually need to double in size – despite thousands of KiwiBuilds going up next door. Waitemata DHB has repeatedly warned the Government about risks stemming from a stalled rebuild programme at the forensic psychiatry unit, while also addressing the long-term future of the Point Chevalier campus. The 111-bed clinic covers Auckland and Northland and holds people with mental illness or intellectual …

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Launch of website to rate NZ doctors a ‘serious concern’, says medical union

27 July 2018 TVNZ - One News

The union representing New Zealand doctors has labeled a new website which allows members of the pubic to rate doctors as setting a “dubious precedent” which does not guarantee “greater transparency or improved quality of care”. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) has released a statement objecting to a the new website Whitecoat, supported by a health insurance company, as raising “serious concerns about fair treatment of doctors”. The New Zealand launch of the website, already active in Australia as …

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Renewed DHB offer to nurses ‘encouraging’

26 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

Health Minister Dr David Clark says it is encouraging that the Nurses Organisation is recommending the latest District Health Boards’ offer to its members. “These negotiations have been long and testing. I am pleased both parties have reached an agreement on an offer to put to NZNO members,” David Clark says. “I congratulate both negotiating teams for their continued hard work to find common ground. “This Government is committed to ensuring that DHBs deliver on all elements of any settlement …

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Top Ministry of Health official Michael Hundleby on ‘gardening leave’

25 July 2018 Michael Hayward - Stuff

A senior health official in charge of major hospital redevelopments in Christchurch, Greymouth and Dunedin is understood to be on ‘gardening leave’. NZ Doctor magazine last week reported Ministry of Health critical projects director Michael Hundleby was on gardening leave, associated with “relationship problems and capital projects”. Hundleby’s ministry role saw him oversee several major hospital redevelopments, including those in Christchurch, Greymouth and Dunedin. Before that, he was acting national director of the National Health Board. It is understood Hundleby did not attend a meeting of the Southern Partnership Group on June 26. As director …

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Margie Apa appointed as new chief executive for Counties Manukau DHB

25 July 2018 Emily Ford - Stuff

Counties Manukau DHB has appointed a new chief executive, more than a year after its last one left. Fepulea’i Margie Apa has been appointed to the role, which was previously held by Geraint Martin until his resignation in April 2017. Chief medical officer Gloria Johnson has been acting chief in the time since, and will return to her role when Apa takes up the job on September 3. Apa says she’s pleased to take up the new challenge. “It is a …

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Free counselling pilot for 18-25 year olds a step closer

23 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter

Health Minister Dr David Clark and Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter are encouraging mental health providers to put forward innovative bids to run a pilot programme to provide free counselling for 18 to 25 year olds. David Clark says kicking off the procurement process for the Integrated Therapies Pilot today represents a significant step towards improving access and availability for a range of psychological therapies. “We know young people with mild to moderate mental health need help.  Three quarters …

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Doctors’ horror: Kids with maggots in scalps and pre-schoolers with rotting teeth

20 July 2018 Emma Russell - New Zealand Herald

Children with maggot-infested scalps and pre-schoolers with rotting teeth are among the horror stories that are being revealed by New Zealand doctors. In a bid to address child poverty, paediatricians have opened up about distressing cases that have left them feeling helpless. “I see rotting teeth when I lift the lip of pre-schoolers…I see matted hair on maggot-infested scalps needing general anaesthetics just to clean and shave, MidCentral DHB paediatrician Dr Jeff Brown said. He said for paediatricians around the …

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