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Pay equity settlement for mental health and addiction support workers

22 June 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

Health Minister Dr David Clark is pleased to announce an estimated 5,000 mental health and addiction support workers will soon receive the same pay rates as care and support workers. “This Government is committed to pay equity and lifting wages, particularly for our lowest paid workers,” said David Clark. In an agreement with unions and employers, the Government will extend the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act to include mental health and addiction support workers. Nearly half will …

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Ministry’s primary care appointee feels at home at ‘heart of system’

21 June 2018 Virginia McMillan - New Zealand Doctor

Juliet Rumball-Smith has worked in, researched on and built partnerships with primary care, all of which has cemented her view that it’s the heart of the health system. “All the evidence points to [care provided in the community] being better for the patients and for the system as a whole,” adds Dr Rumball-Smith, who is soon to start at the Ministry of Health as clinical chief advisor with a focus on primary healthcare. Not yet ready to comment on the …

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Hunt and May apologise for Gosport hospital deaths

21 June 2018 The Guardian - Haroon Siddique, Caroline Davies

The UK government has apologised to relatives of hospital patients who died as a result of being given life-shortening opioid drugs without medical justification and said criminal charges could follow. An independent inquiry, published on Wednesday, found that 456 patients died and possibly 200 more had their lives shortened because of the routine practice at Gosport War Memorial hospital. In a statement after prime minister’s questions, the health and social care secretary, Jeremy Hunt, described the …

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Nurses deserve to be paid more

19 June 2018 Media Release - Green Party

The Green Party said today nurses have historically been underpaid and undervalued and they deserve to be paid more. Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson was commenting after it was announced nurses rejected the DHBs’ latest pay offer in their ballot. “Nurses are totally professional, so for them to reject an offer of 9% over 15 months reveals how undervalued they feel after nine years squeezing by National,” Ms Davidson said. “We support their call for urgent mediation.” “Every day it …

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Minister disappointed nurses reject half-billion dollar offer

19 June 2018 Media Release - Health Minister David Clark

Health Minister Dr David Clark says he is disappointed that nurses have voted against the District Health Boards’ half-billion dollar offer, the largest made to nurses in more than a decade. “Nurses are a vital part of our health workforce and clearly feel they have been undervalued over the last nine years. Their frustration is understandable. This offer goes a long way to address their pay and staffing concerns, but you cannot fix nine years of underfunding in one pay …

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In health care, less is not always more

14 June 2018 The New York Times - Dhruv Khullar, Austin Frakt

How much you spend on medical care depends on what you get, but also where you get it. Confoundingly to many, the cost of the same procedure on the same patient by the same physician can vary by thousands of dollars depending on whether it’s performed in a hospital, a hospital’s outpatient department, an ambulatory surgical center or a doctor’s office. It can also vary by who’s paying the bill — which insurer or public program. And even for the …

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Medical Council Advisory – consultation on its statement Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation

14 June 2018 Medical Council of New Zealand

The Medical Council is consulting on its statement Safe practice in an environment of resource limitation (Resource limitation) and would value your feedback. Attached are: The consultation paper explaining our proposed changes to the statement and a list of questions we are seeking input on; Appendix 1 – Draft revised statement on Resource limitation; Appendix 2 – Existing August 2008 statement on Resource limitation. The consultation closes on Friday, 27 July 2018. Please email your feedback to …

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Growing support for cigarette-style warnings on fizzy drinks


A proposal to put “cigarette-style” warnings on sugary drinks in a bid to combat obesity, type 2 diabetes and poor dental health is gaining support from around New Zealand. The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) is pushing for graphic images of rotten teeth to be put on fizzy drink packaging. But the Beverage Council says the proposal is ridiculous and “alarmist”. NZDA spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole said dentists supported the measure because they were confronted daily with the unnecessary pain …

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Unions criticise Taranaki DHB for ‘shambolic’ process over Taranaki lab

11 June 2018 KIRSTY MCMURRAY - Taranaki Daily News

Plans for Taranaki’s new medical laboratory are up in the air and two unions have slated the health board’s handling of the situation as “shambolic” and “foolish.” On Friday the Taranaki District Health Board (TDHB) confirmed they were revisiting their plans for the new, purpose-built lab run by a single, private provider after a change in government policy. Medical laboratory workers’ union APEX’s national secretary Dr Deborah Powell said the DHB’s attempt to set up the new lab had been a mess from the beginning. “It comes after …

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Health board raises concerns over Christchurch Hospital service failure risk

11 June 2018 CATE BROUGHTON - Stuff

A two-year delay by the Ministry of Health to develop facilities at Christchurch Hospital has created a risk of service failure, Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) members say. The board’s frustrations were made clear in resolutions from a publicly excluded March meeting to discuss a ministry-commissioned business case for the development of hospital facilities. Among the resolutions released to Stuff, it was noted quake-related repairs had not been undertaken and when the acute services building opens in September 2019, Canterbury will be left with both a bed and …

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