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Health bungle: Patients left off surgical waiting lists

6 July 2018 Nicholas Jones - NZ Herald

People needing surgery were mistakenly left off waiting lists at one of the country’s biggest DHBs – an oversight only discovered when one of them queried their case. Forty-four Auckland Hospital patients were caught up in the error, the Herald can reveal. Auckland DHB only realised there was a problem when one of the affected patients contacted them about their referral. Further work identified a total of 44 patients across different surgical services who were mistakenly not added to waiting lists. The …

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Greymouth GP chooses lifelong study and family follows in his footsteps

2 July 2018 Kiera Stephenson - New Zealand Doctor

Study without end. It may sound like a nightmare to some, but it is a lifestyle Greymouth GP Greville Wood has embraced throughout his 35-year career. Dr Wood now has qualifica­tions in medicine and theology from four different institutions and continues to work towards more, quietly chipping away at a paper or two a year as part of his continuing education requirements, and because it brings him joy. He says he leaves it up to the university to keep tabs …

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Proposed Waikato medical school decision is on ice

28 June 2018 Jo Lines-MacKenzie - Stuff

Waikato’s medical school plans remain stalled at a government decision on the proposal. At a Waikato District Health Board meeting on Wednesday, interim chief executive Derek Wright confirmed that there is no further update on the third medical school other than an indication that the Government will not make any decision on this until later in 2019. There is a joint bid by Waikato University and the Waikato District Health Board to create the country’s third medical school. A decision on its progress has …

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Claim of unauthorised, excessive spending at Counties-Manukau DHB

28 June 2018 Radio New Zealand

National MP Jami-Lee Ross has used parliamentary privilege to claim an audit has found hundreds of thousands of dollars of unauthorised and excessive spending at Counties-Manukau District Health Board. The MP told Parliament yesterday the investigation identified remuneration and benefits to a senior DHB executive which were either unauthorised, excessive or unjustified and multiple areas where that executive exceeded their financial authority. He said the word fraudulent also appeared in the report. Mr Ross said the audit was so serious …

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Health experts divided over changes to national targets

28 June 2018 ASMS

Health experts have sounded a word of caution over the government’s decision to scrap targets set by National. The government quietly stopped work on measuring the targets in August last year – a move the National Party says could lead to more illness and deaths. Under National, targets focused on increasing immunisation, faster cancer treatment, shorter stays in emergency departments, access to elective surgery, helping smokers to quit and raising healthy children. District Health Boards across the country tracked how …

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No guarantee no-one will go blind as many await eye surgery

27 June 2018 Radio New Zealand

People living in South Auckland are losing their sight as doctors struggle to treat the soaring number of patients suffering from eye conditions. The Counties-Manukau District Health Board has been struggling for years to meet patient demand and the backlog remains stubbornly high.  Auckland DHB doesn’t have a backlog, but Counties Manukau has 4000 people waiting to see a specialist. Why is there such a difference? Simon Dean is head of ophthalmology at Counties Manukau. He tells Susie …

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Board member calls to scrap DHB elections ahead of review – ‘No’ says Health Minister

27 June 2018 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

Taxpayers will fork out millions to elect hundreds of health board bosses just four months before a major review of the health system is due. One board member is calling for next year’s elections to be scrapped to await the outcome of the Government-ordered review, due on January 31, 2020. But Minister of Health David Clark said he had no intention of postponing or cancelling the elections. Read the article here:

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How’s your DHB doing? Govt does away with National Health Targets

27 June 2018 Stacey Kirk - Stuff

Public reporting of District Health Boards’ (DHB) performance of procedures including elective surgeries, cancer treatment times and Emergency Department wait times, has been axed. It also appears a new project to publicly measure elective surgery referrals and rejections has also been quietly shelved, with the Ministry of Health failing to release updated figures since the election. Health Minister David Clark said the targets created “perverse incentives”, particularly in relation to surgery – but the Opposition said there was no evidence to suggest …

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70 years of the NHS: a revolution that is reborn every day

25 June 2018 Owen Sheers - The Guardian

The creation of the health service changed Britain. Yet while this vision is under severe threat, it has also never been more keenly cherished. “In writing To Provide All People, I hoped to create a lyrical bridge between the birth of the most radical and beautiful idea we’ve ever made manifest and the people who embody that idea today: the staff and patients of the National Health Service. Moving between the story of its coming into …

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Crampton: protect NZ health staff

25 June 2018 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

New Zealand needs to recognise and protect its health professionals, the University of Otago’s outgoing pro-vice-chancellor of health sciences Peter Crampton says. “My personal view is that overall workforce development is undercooked in New Zealand,” he said. “There is a vulnerability there, and that sheets right back, probably, to the underpinning legislation which insufficiently holds DHBs to account for workforce development. “With the immense and multiple pressures that DHB leaders are under, it’s all too easy to see workforce development …

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