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Consultation on Medical Council policy

31 October 2019 Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council is seeking feedback on its proposed Policy on publication of orders and directions, otherwise known as a ‘naming policy’.  The new policy outlines how the Council may publish the name of a doctor and the details of an order or direction made about that doctor under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA). The need for the Council to develop this policy results from an amendment made by Parliament to the HPCAA earlier this year. The …

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Radical change needed to address health inequity

31 October 2019 Laura Waters - Newsroom.

It’s going to take time and strong leadership to overcome what the health minister calls the ‘postcode lottery’. Laura Walters reports on Aotearoa’s health inequity problem. Māori health is not just a Māori problem, IronMāori founder Heather Te Au Skipworth says. Speaking at the opening of the Ministry of Health annual forum in Wellington on Tuesday, the mother-of-three (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Arawa, Ngāi Tahu) shared her experience of learning to address health challenges in a different way – one with …

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Patient waited 26 hours in Taranaki ED bed before being admitted to ward

31 October 2019 Stephanie Ockhuysen - Stuff

A hectic Labour Weekend in Taranaki’s emergency department saw one patient with pneumonia wait 26 hours in an ED bed before being admitted to a ward. The situation, which Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) attributed to an unusually busy weekend in the emergency department (ED) and five staff calling in sick, prompted a medical professional to urge the patient and their family to lay a formal complaint. The patient, who didn’t want to be named, was told by the staff member that their stay …

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Healthcare woes Neoliberal symptom

31 October 2019 Opinion - Otago Daily Times

A scathing report by the health and disability commissioner into the urology service provided by the Southern District Health Board was released earlier this month. Patient C tells his story. Read here.

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Medical students and physicians need to practice with empathy in caring for patients, says new WMA President

29 October 2019 World Medical Association

Medical students and physicians are becoming so exposed to the science of medicine that they are forgetting the emotional needs of their patients, according to the new President of the World Medical Association. Dr. Miguel Jorge, in his inaugural Presidential speech at the WMA’s annual Assembly in Tbilisi, Georgia, said most of the students entering medical school did so because they said they wanted to help people who were suffering. But studies showed that when they left medical school, they were …

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World Medical Association reaffirms opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

29 October 2019 World Medical Association

The World Medical Association has reaffirmed its long-standing policy of opposition to euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. After an intensive process of consultation with physicians and non physicians around the world, the WMA at its annual Assembly in Tbilisi, Georgia, adopted a revised Declaration on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. This states: ‘The WMA reiterates its strong commitment to the principles of medical ethics and that utmost respect has to be maintained for human life. Therefore, the WMA is firmly opposed …

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Staff shortages and rising number of patients leading to activation of ‘code red’ in hospitals

25 October 2019 Mandy Te - Stuff

Staff shortages and the rising number of ill patients has lead to an increased activation of “code red” in hospitals, a health union boss says. “Code red” can be activated when hospitals have full beds and elective surgeries have to be cancelled in order to treat people with urgent needs. On Wednesday, the Wairarapa District Health Board (DHB) declared a “code red” at its hospital in Masterton for the second time this month. Executive director of Association of Salaried Medical …

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The painful price of waiting for prostate surgery at Southern DHB

24 October 2019 Radio New Zealand - Checkpoint

The Southern District Health Board has been slammed for its poor treatment and care of urology patients in a new report from the Health and Disability Commissioner. The problems in urology service likely cut the life expectancy of one man who now has secondary cancer. On Monday the DHB chief executive Chris Fleming told Checkpoint he is proud of the improvements being made. But there are still of 100 people waiting longer than the recommended Ministry of Health guidelines for their operation …

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BMA apologises to female doctors over sexism

21 October 2019 Denis Campbell - The Guardian

The British Medical Association has apologised to female doctors who have experienced sexism and sexual harassment after an independent inquiry described it as an “old boys’ club” that undervalued women. The trade union, which represents about 70% of Britain’s 240,000 doctors, has promised sweeping reforms of its processes and culture in response to the inquiry’s findings. Daphne Romney QC found that some female medics and BMA personnel “feel they are undervalued, ignored and patronised because they …

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40,000 more New Zealanders to begin screening for bowel cancer

21 October 2019 Radio New Zealand - Morning Report

About 40 thousand more New Zealanders are set to begin receiving potentially life-saving screening for bowel cancer. Twelve thousand of them live in the Whanganui District Health Board area, which will join the national screening programme on Tuesday. Neighbouring MidCentral DHB is likely to follow next month — setting a halfway milestone for a carefully managed programme that some worry is already stretched. Health Correspondent Karen Brown reports. Listen here.

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