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Ministry, DHBs must plan better for impacts of technology, says HDC

14 August 2018 Cliff Taylor - New Zealand Doctor

Health and disability commissioner Anthony Hill is calling for better planning by the Ministry of Health and DHBs for implementing new technologies after a patient fell through the cracks and missed follow-up ophthalmology treatment. Mr Hill has criticised Counties Manukau DHB for failing to follow up the case of a young girl with a progressive eye condition for two years and nine months. He considered the overall system in place for management of delayed follow-up appointments was not adequate and …

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HDC orders Southern DHB to provide audit of its new electronic medical records system

14 August 2018 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

The Health and Disability Commissioner has ordered the Southern District Health Board to provide him with its most recent audit of its new electronic medical records system. The demand comes after a failure in its old system meant no follow-up action was taken for nine months after a woman was diagnosed with a tumour. The 45-year-old woman had an MRI performed in May 2015 after sustaining hearing loss in her right ear. The scan detected a tumour, but the results …

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Keep ED for emergencies: Record numbers at Auckland hospitals

14 August 2018 New Zealand Herald

Auckland City Hospital’s emergency department is currently seeing record numbers of patients, with more than 1400 patients last week alone. The high numbers of patients have led the Auckland District Health Board to ask for the public’s help to keep the emergency department for emergencies only. Last week’s record is up several hundred compared to the same time in 2016, where 1290 patients were seen. Although the hospital plans for higher capacity levels at this time of year, adult demand …

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Select committee urged to stop the spread of ISDS under CPTPP

14 August 2018 Media Release - It’s Our Future and allied organisations

“A range of labour, health and environmental organisations are calling for a clause to be inserted into the CPTPP Amendment Bill that would prevent future governments from extending investor‑state dispute settlement (ISDS) to countries seeking to join the agreement,” says Oliver Hailes, spokesperson for It’s Our Future, the network of opposition to the TPPA and other economic treaties that undermine democracy. “We have suggested wording to achieve that result, and we encourage all New Zealanders to submit before Friday in …

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Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba wins appeal against being struck off

14 August 2018 The Guardian

A doctor convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence over the death of a six-year-old boy in her care has won her bid to be reinstated to the medical register. Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a junior doctor specialising in paediatrics, was held responsible for the death of Jack Adcock, who suffered heart failure after going into septic shock while in her care at Leicester Royal infirmary in 2011. She was removed from the medical register in January, after the General …

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Turkish President urged to end campaign against physicians

14 August 2018 Media Release - World Medical Association

A call for the leaders of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) to be reinstalled following their dismissal by the Turkish Government has come from the World Medical Association. This follows the removal of the TMA Secretary General Dr. Bülent Nazim Yilmaz from his duty as a public servant and the termination of family medicine contracts of TMA Council members. WMA Secretary General Dr. Otmar Kloiber said: ‘We urge the President of Turkey to intervene to stop these unwarranted attacks on …

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Think sexism in medicine is unique to Japan? Think again

14 August 2018 Opinion: Van Badham - The Guardian

A nasty scandal exposed last week at one of Japan’s most prestigious medical schools should provoke global questions about enduring sexism and the profession of medicine. Tokyo Medical University has admitted that its examiners manipulated the scores of its entrance tests – specifically to police and restrict the inclusion of women in its courses. They did this by reducing the scores of all first-stage applicants by 20% and then adding “at least” 20 points to the scores of most male …

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces mental health measure

10 August 2018 Claire Trevett - NZ Herald

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says a new facility for those with severe intellectual disabilities and mental illness will help a small group of people similar to autistic man Ashley Peacock. Ardern made the announcement at the Rātonga-Rua-O-Porirua Mental Health Campus in Porirua, saying $8.4 million in funding would provide a new six-unit secure facility to provide individualised care for the most high-needs patients. The move follows publicity over the case of autistic man Ashley Peacock, who has been in a …

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More patients than beds at Waikato mental health inpatient unit

10 August 2018 Libby Wilson - Stuff

The Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre is so crowded that patients are sleeping on mattresses in makeshift spaces. The mental health inpatient unit at Waikato Hospital is averaging 115 per cent occupancy, district health board members heard at a recent meeting. “That means we have got people sleeping in places where there are no beds. On mattresses, in offices, in TV rooms,” interim chief medical officer Dr Rees Tapsell said. “It’s very important that everybody understands what 115 per cent means.” The …

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National health targets – data release and development of new measures

10 August 2018 Media Release - Ministry of Health

As it finalises advice on a new suite of measures and a framework for reporting health system performance and measures, the Ministry of Health has released data relating to existing targets. While work has been underway to develop the new measures, DHBs have continued to report to the Ministry on the existing targets, and it’s this information which is being released today. ‘Our future focus will be on a wider set of measures of system performance and population health outcomes,’ …

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