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Research For Life invites Wellington Medical Researchers to apply for Research & Travel Grants

1 August 2018 MEDIA RELEASE - Research For Life

Research For Life (RFL) invites Wellington-based medical researchers to apply for research and travel grants. The closing date for RFL’s next round of grant applications is Friday, 21 September 2018. Last year, Research For Life approved 12 research grants and nine travel grants to the value of $173,609 and, in the first funding round of this year awarded nine research grants and four travel grants totalling $132,000 to Wellington medical researchers. Established in 1960, RFL funds innovative quality research …

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The robot will see you now: could computers take over medicine entirely?

1 August 2018 Tim Adams - The Observer

Like all everyday miracles of technology, the longer you watch a robot perform surgery on a human being, the more it begins to look like an inevitable natural wonder. Earlier this month I was in an operating theatre at University College Hospital in central London watching a 59-year-old man from Potters Bar having his cancerous prostate gland removed by the four dexterous metal arms of an American-made machine, in what is likely a glimpse of the future of most surgical …

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The public and the NHS: what’s the deal?

31 July 2018 The King's Fund

The NHS is under financial pressure with growing demand for services. As the NHS reaches its 70th birthday, The King’s Fund has been exploring how the public views its relationship with the NHS. In March 2018, in partnership with Ipsos MORI, they carried out three ‘deliberative workshops’ to explore this issue. They found that the relationship between the public and the NHS is strong, and people were committed to its founding principles. However, there were several areas where the NHS …

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Health Minister congratulates NZ Blood Service on two decades of life saving work


Health Minister Dr David Clark has congratulated the New Zealand Blood Service and its thousands of donors for helping to save or improve the lives of more than half a million people in the past two decades. “Since the New Zealand Blood Service was created 20 years ago, it has become a model health agency in ensuring a healthy blood supply is available for anyone in need, anytime and anywhere throughout our country,” David Clark says. “This is an incredibly …

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Multi-million ICU expansion open after a year of construction at Wellington Hospital

31 July 2018 Ruby Macandrew - STUFF

A 30 per cent increase in the number of intensive care beds at Wellington Hospital will see fewer non-urgent surgeries postponed. The multi-million dollar upgrade, which has been two years in the planning, officially opens on August 1 with Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) staff confident it will help futureproof the unit until about 2022. “We knew population-wise that we would eventually need to increase the numbers in intensive care back in 2009 and that’s turned out to be the case,” ICU charge nurse manager Stephen …

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Support for Striking ACC Medical Advisors

30 July 2018 Media Release - New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association

The NZRDA* supports the 39 ACC medical advisors walking off the job in a series of five rolling stoppages over the next four weeks. The role of these senior medical officers in assessing medical claims for the ACC is essential in ensuring the smooth running and success of the ACC scheme. These medical officers have been negotiating their pay conditions with ACC since the end of last year to which their claims have been denied. This has driven them to …

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Minister brokers Accord on safe nurse staffing

27 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced a joint accord between District Health Boards, the Nurses Organisation and the Ministry of Health to ensure safe staffing levels in public hospitals. “The Government is committed to making sure we have enough nurses in our public hospitals to ensure both their own safety and their patients’ safety,” David Clark says. “It is clear we’ve been asking too much of our nurses and their workloads are not sustainable. The Government has heard the …

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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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