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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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Caring for high needs, vulnerable New Zealanders


A new purpose-built mental health facility will mean a better environment, better care and an improved quality of life for a group of extremely vulnerable New Zealanders, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Announcing $8.4m in funding for a new six unit secure facility, she said it would provide quality, individualised care for New Zealand’s most high needs intellectual disability and mental health patients. “It may be a small number of people who need this service, but at the moment we’re …

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Austerity kills: this week’s figures show its devastating toll

10 August 2018 Owen Jones - The Guardian

That life expectancy in Britain has slowed to a standstill is down to one thing only: the Tories’ ideologically driven policies. “We got there in the end – a remarkable national effort”: that’s how former chancellor George Osborne celebrated the government meeting his deficit target on the day-to-day budget two years late. “It was the right thing to do,” was David Cameron’s smug echo. It’s easy for the architects of the Tories’ ideologically driven austerity to be triumphalist, given they did …

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Details of major health review finalised


Health Minister Dr David Clark has confirmed the final details of the wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s health and disability system as it begins its work in earnest. The review, to be led by Heather Simpson, was announced in May. Final Terms of Reference and the full membership of the review panel have now been signed-off by Cabinet. “New Zealand has a public health service that we can all be proud of. We are have world-class clinicians and allied health …

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The changing shape of NHS finances

8 August 2018 The King's Fund

As austerity and widespread staffing shortages began to bite over the past decade, the finances of NHS providers often took a familiar shape each year – a few providers made a large surplus, a few made a large deficit, and most organisations hovered around the ‘breakeven’ middle. But more recently this pattern of financial performance has been increasingly pulled out of shape and distorted. The proportion of trusts in deficit grew from 5 per cent in 2010/11 to 44 per cent …

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