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More left ED without treatment

27 September 2019 Mike Houlahan - Otago Daily Times

Dunedin Hospital’s emergency department has had a big increase in people leaving without being treated. In a recent six-week period, almost 500 people opted to leave rather than wait to see a clinician, a report to yesterday’s Southern District Health Board commissioners meeting said. Specialist services executive director Patrick Ng had analysed emergency department data from the past three years, and focused particularly on July 1 to mid-August – usually a time when winter ailments lead to patient numbers rising …

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Call for SFO to reopen Nigel Murray spending inquiry after Auditor-General slates HealthTap purchase

27 September 2019 Natalie Akoorie - New Zealand Herald

Former Labour MP Sue Moroney has called on the Serious Fraud Office to reopen its investigation into the spending of Dr Nigel Murray in light of an Auditor-General’s inquiry into the purchase of an online doctor app. The ex-Waikato District Health Board chief executive, together with former board chairman Bob Simcock, has been criticised over the flawed procurement of HealthTap in 2015, in an report released today by the Auditor-General. It comes as Simcock told the Herald he was comfortable …

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Files gather dust as Pasifika health outcomes stagnate

26 September 2019 Alan Perrott - New Zealand Doctor

Appalling outcomes normalised Appalling Pasifika health outcomes are being normalised by a medical system that refuses to change, says researcher Debbie Ryan. Dr Ryan was one of three researchers from consultancy Pacific Perspectives commissioned by the Health and Disability System Review Panel to outline the health equity issues faced by Pasifika families and communities. She has little faith her work will make a difference. “The results we get are the ones the system is set up to deliver, and when …

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Government budgets $9.5m for sweeping health and disability system review

26 September 2019 Oliver Lewis - Stuff

The Government has set aside about $9.5 million for a wide-ranging review of the health system. The budget for the health and disability system review, released to Stufffollowing an Official Information Act (OIA) request, comprises $639,000 for chair and panel member costs, more than $5.5m for secretariat and consultant/contractor costs, $1m for travel and accommodation and $2.3m for general costs. National’s health spokesman Michael Woodhouse said the $9.5m was “definitely not value for money while the panel hasn’t come up with a single …

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NZMA declares climate change a health emergency

25 September 2019 Media release - NZMA

The New Zealand Medical Association declares climate change a serious and leading threat to health and health equity, both in New Zealand and worldwide. NZMA has joined health organisations worldwide, including sister organisations the Australian Medical Association, American Medical Association and British Medical Association in recognising climate change as a health emergency. At its September meeting in Wellington the NZMA Board declared that climate change is already having severe health consequences on vulnerable populations around the world, including in our …

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Wellington Regional Hospital among ‘many’ hospitals ‘too small for population’

23 September 2019 Katarina Williams - Stuff

Wellington Regional Hospital is one of “many hospitals” which are too small for the population they service, the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) says. In response, Capital & Coast District Health Board (CCDHB) has recognised it is “going to need more hospital beds to meet demand” as the region’s population exceeds half a million, according to the latest Census data released on Monday. A Stuff story published on Friday revealed motels were being frequently used by the DHB to accommodate some surgical patients. Read more …

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Cost of fixing DHB payroll breaches revealed

20 September 2019 Phil Pennington - Radio New Zealand

Several district health boards have come up with multi-million-dollar estimates of what it will cost to fix years of payroll breaches. But the true picture is only expected to emerge from this point on, as a nationally agreed way of auditing the DHBs begins. Northland DHB is first up, with the board and unions now working together using the national guidelines – that took three years to agree on – to arrive at a firm figure of who is owed …

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Canterbury District Health Board reviewing services to claw back large deficit

20 September 2019 Oliver Lewis - Stuff

The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has confirmed it is reviewing services as it faces a forecast $180 million deficit. Documents prepared for a board meeting on Thursday show the CDHB was forecasting the deficit for the 2019-20 year, a substantial increase on the $109m overspend it posted in 2018-19, by far the largest in the country. The $180m figure included anticipated taskforce savings, according to documents prepared for the meeting. Read more here:

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Motels frequently used as Wellington Hospital deals with high patient demand

20 September 2019 Katarina Williams - Stuff

Motels are being used frequently to house out-of-town surgical patients, as dozens have their operations rescheduled because of a lack of intensive care beds. The stance on motel use was at loggerheads with the view of Health Minister David Clark who believed this form of temporary patient accommodation did “not appear to be widespread”. Details about Capital & Coast District Health Board’s (CCDHB) motel use have surfaced, as hospital occupancy rates in the 12 months to July reached 90 per cent and above for almost three quarters …

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Southern DHB’s only neurosurgeon says lives at risk

18 September 2019 Indira Stewart - Radio New Zealand

The only neurosurgeon working for the Southern District Health board area says patients are at risk because there aren’t enough neurosurgeons and he’s calling on the government to help. Dr Ahmad Taha says the lack of qualified physicians available to support him means he has to be on call to perform lifesaving surgery anytime day or night. “It’s a big workload but there’s no other choice. Either I will do my job or people will lose lives or they’ll lose …

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