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Medical advisor union seeks court injunction against ‘cavalier’ ACC

11 July 2018 Simon Maude - New Zealand Doctor

The union representing most ACC medical advisors wants the courts to block a proposed job restructure affecting 120 staff. Today the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists is seeking an urgent injunction from the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) to halt ACC’s plans. Association senior industrial officer Lloyd Woods says ACC’s proposal to disestablish 100 jobs in its clinical services directorate is “unlawful and causing unnecessary stress for affected staff”. Mr Woods says ACC’s proposal is “fundamentally unfair” and it breaches the collective agreement covering medical advisors. Employment law prevents the association’s members from striking over ACC’s proposed restructure, so it is seeking the ERA injunction instead, Mr Woods says. The association also has stopwork action planned on 17 July …

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Hospitals prepare for nurses strike

11 July 2018 Radio New Zealand

Medical directors are insisting they’re as prepared as they can be for the nurses’ strike tomorrow as facilitation talks between nurses and DHBs failed. Last-ditch talks between nurses and their employers have concluded in Wellington. There’s been no comment from either side but RNZ understands the facilitation talks ended a short time ago. One chief medical officer estimates 6000 to 8000 elective surgery procedures nationwide will need to be deferred.  Anne Aitcheson is the lead national contingency planner …

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Government disappointed nurses reject pay offer

10 July 2018 Media Release - Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters

Acting Prime Minister, Rt Hon Winston Peters, says the Government is naturally very disappointed nurses plan to strike on Thursday, having rejected the recommendation of their union to accept the District Health Boards’ latest pay offer. “We understand the DHBs and the New Zealand Nurses Organisation are continuing with urgent facilitation talks. We encourage them to find a solution that will avert industrial action,” said Mr Peters. “The Government had doubled its offer. In addition to a pay increase, the …

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Extra car parks weeks away for Christchurch Hospital staff

10 July 2018 Michael Hayward - Stuff

More Christchurch Hospital staff car parking at the Metro Sports Facility site is weeks away from opening, while an existing park is being opened to students on night shifts. The extra spaces follow staff pleas for more nearby parking due to the safety concerns of late-night shift workers. Over the past three years, there have been five reported incidents including an assault leaving a student nurse wounded in April. In May, more than 200 temporary parks were promised for an area of …

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DHBs: Urgent need for sugary drinks tax

10 July 2018 Nicholas Jones - NZ Herald

DHBs want a tax on sugary drinks – warning the obesity epidemic could result in Kiwi kids living shorter lives than their parents. The extraordinary letters sent to Health Minister David Clark are the strongest call for change so far from within a health system treating more obesity-related disease and tooth decay. “For the first time in history, NZ children could live shorter lives than their parents as a result of excess weight and obesity,” Andrew Blair, chair of both …

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Nurses vote to strike this Thursday for 24 hours

10 July 2018

Up to 30,000 nurses and healthcare workers across the country will stop work for 24 hours on Thursday. Nurses have voted to reject the latest pay offer  from District Health Boards, it was announced on Tuesday, confirming that industrial action will take place from 7am Thursday for 24 hours. The New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO), which recommended the latest pay offer to its members, released the outcome of the online ballot at 10am. “Life preserving services and contingency plans are coming …

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JAMA Forum: The role of health information technology in administrative costs

9 July 2018 News@JAMA - Elsa Pearson, MPH, Austin Frakt, PhD

HIT doesn’t actually seem to be providing substantial [administrative] savings. A 2014 review of early adoption of HIT among thousands of US hospitals showed no notable cost savings 5 years after implementation. One study of an EHR implementation pilot program in Massachusetts found the average projected 5-year return was negative, with a loss of almost $44 000 per physician. Additionally, C. Scott Kruse, PhD, MSIT, MHA, MBA, of Texas State University, and colleagues  found cost to be the most cited barrier of HIT implementation …

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Biggest uptake of influenza vaccine ever this season

6 July 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased that more New Zealanders than ever before have protected themselves from influenza this year. “More than 1.29 million doses of influenza vaccine have been distributed so far, more than any previous influenza season”, David Clark said. “Despite the later start to the programme, around 100,000 extra doses have been distributed compared with this date last year.  This is an enormous credit to the hard work of vaccinators at general practices, pharmacies and other …

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Health minister remains enigmatic over new Buller IFHC

6 July 2018 Kiera Stephenson - New Zealand Doctor

A battle over plans for Buller’s Integrated Family Health Centre is rumbling on inexorably, with the West Coast DHB and Westport locals seemingly at an impasse over bed numbers and whether the proposed facility will meet community need. New Zealand Doctor first reported on idea of replacing Buller’s hospital with an IFHC in 2000. Taking up the mantle in Parliament question time last month, West Coast-based National list MP Maureen Pugh was unable to extract a concrete answer from health minister …

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Occupancy at Hillmorton Hospital’s acute inpatient service ‘unsustainable’

6 July 2018 Oliver Lewis - Stuff

Seclusion of “distressed” patients at Hillmorton Hospital’s acute inpatient unit spiked in May as occupancy at the already-strained service reached “unsustainable” levels. To help alleviate pressure, the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is looking for a provider to run a community-based, eight-bed alternative to Hillmorton. Proposals for the service, intended for adults with acute mental health needs, closed on Wednesday. A CDHB spokeswoman said it was hoped to be up and running by the end of the year, or early next year. Meanwhile, …

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