Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Waikato District Health Board hired surgeon despite referees’ concerns

An orthopaedic surgeon who was trained overseas was hired by Waikato District Health Board despite referees alluding to communication difficulties and noting concerns regarding demeanour and personality.

Health minister warned of Mason Clinic ‘service failure’ risk

The Health Minister has been warned of a "service failure" risk at the Mason Clinic and told it will eventually need to double in size - despite thousands of KiwiBuilds going up next door.

Hawke’s Bay DHB plunged into $6m deficit after challenging year

The Hawke's Bay DHB has reported a financial deficit of $6.8 million for the 2017/18 year, reflecting what has been described as the most difficult year of the past eight.

Teddy bears will help Hawke’s Bay children understand surgery

Only a select few are allowed into the theatre during surgery. But at Royston Hospital teddy bears are on that list.

Opinion: Ian Powell – ‘Mammoth’ DHBs not the answer

Ian Powell argues that the major health system review currently underway should not be creating “mammoth” DHBs but instead encouraging clinically-led networking between community health and hospitals – locally, regionally and nationally.

New DHB pay offer due next week – no new strike ballot

Nurses have greeted the news of a revised DHBs’ offer due next week with a mixed response ­– including fears of losing momentum after last week’s historic nationwide strike.

DHBs coping well with nurses’ strike

District Health Boards say contingency plans at the country’s hospitals are working well for the nationwide nurses’ strike.

DHB’s accused of underspending

Some District Health Boards are being accused of underspending on mental health in order to improve their bottom lines.

DHBs: Urgent need for sugary drinks tax

DHBs want a tax on sugary drinks - warning the obesity epidemic could result in Kiwi kids living shorter lives than their parents.

Nurses’ strike decision announced today

Whether or not Thursday's nursing strike goes ahead will be announced this morning, but District Health Boards says they have robust contingency plans in place just in case.
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DR WELLNESS

Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.

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