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NHS operation waiting lists reach 10-year high at 4.3m patients

17 July 2018 Denis Campbell - The Guardian

The number of patients waiting for an operation on the NHS has reached 4.3 million, the highest total for 10 years, official figures show. Growing numbers are having to wait more than the supposed maximum of 18 weeks for planned non-urgent surgery such as a cataract removal or hip or knee replacement. In May, for example, 211,434 patients had been on the waiting list for more than six months, up from the 197,067 who were in that position …

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Hundleby ‘on gardening leave’ from ministry, amid scrutiny of his work

17 July 2018 Virginia McMillan - New Zealand Doctor

Relationships and capital projects are said to be involved in a period of “gardening leave” for a top health official. New Zealand Doctor could not get a response from the Ministry of Health directly addressing comments in the health sector on the absence from duty of critical projects director Michael Hundleby. We understand an investigation is under way while Mr Hundleby is on leave. The ministry would provide no comment today on the existence or not of any investigation. It reiterated …

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New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

17 July 2018 Emma Russel - New Zealand Herald

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken. New Zealand Resident Doctors’ Association spoke to the Herald about the increasing number of “extremely violent” incidents by patients and their family members towards staff. “It’s a real concern and I think it’s time we have a hard conversation about it. Hospital staff are not being respected and that needs to change,” NZRDA national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said. Read …

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Canterbury police responding to ‘scary’ increase in suicide-related calls

17 July 2018 Oliver Lewis - Stuff

Suicide-related call-outs for police in Canterbury continue to increase beyond anywhere else in the country seven years on from the earthquakes. The district’s top cop described the year-on-year increases as “scary” and said: “we are concerned that our community is hurting”. A new Canterbury police intelligence report shows attempted/threatened suicide call-outs increased 64 per cent from 2311 in 2013 to 3809 in 2017, which equates to about 10 a day. The increase outstrips national figures, which record a roughly 50 per …

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ACC medical advisors start rolling strikes tomorrow

16 July 2018 Media Release - ASMS

“ACC medical advisors are poised to walk off the job tomorrow because they’ve had a gutsful of their employer’s cavalier approach to their pay, conditions and well-being,” says Lloyd Woods, a Senior Industrial Officer at the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). The 39 medical advisors will strike for four hours from 8am Tuesday 17 July as part of weekly rolling stoppages over their stalled employment agreement negotiations. “It’s only the second time ever that we can recall senior doctors …

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Nurses’ strike underway

12 July 2018 ASMS

Private hospital on way for Queenstown?

12 July 2018 Tracey Roxburgh - Otago Daily Times

Plans are well advanced for an independent hospital for Queenstown – and those behind it are not looking for any national funding. Capital and Coast District Health Board chairman and former Dunedin Hospital rebuild Southern Partnership Group chairman Andrew Blair said he had ”worked quietly” for the past six months with Southern Cross Hospitals on establishing an ”independent surgical hospital” in the resort, further details of which should be available ”within the next couple of months”. Mr Blair, who has …

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New Zealand’s high rates of obesity ‘inevitable’ – study

11 July 2018 Hannah Martin - Stuff

People living in lower socio-economic areas have three times the number of fast food and takeaway outlets around them than those in less deprived areas, new research shows. They are also shown more advertisements for unhealthy food and have more shelf space devoted to junk food in their local supermarket. That’s according to a three-year study by University of Auckland researchers, who, in a world first, have mapped the country’s food environments and policies. The study, led by Professor of …

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Urgent call to improve medicine access for Māori

11 July 2018 Nine to Noon - Radio New Zealand

New research is painting a bleak picture of the problems Māori patients face in getting equitable access to medicines. Dr. Matire Harwood (Ngapuhi) is a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland’s Medical School and GP at Papakura Marae. Her research is focused on tackling some of the biggest inequalities in Māori health to improve outcomes for patients. She says the latest research shows a clear and urgent need to improve medicines management services, but there are positive signs at …

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DHB’s accused of underspending

11 July 2018 Newstalk ZB

Some District Health Boards are being accused of underspending on mental health in order to improve their bottom lines. The Platform Trust says money earmarked for mental health and addiction services is often being spent in other areas, or sometimes not spent at all. Chief executive Marion Blake says DHBs should not be allowed to skimp on vital services. “They’re not doing their job properly. Not all of them, but many, many of them are not doing it properly. So …

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