His recent tour of the States’ emergency health services was a lesson in ‘how not to do it’ says Dr John Bonning - the first Kiwi head of the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine. But New Zealand still has room for improvement. By Rebekah Fraser.
All eligible Māori and Pacific job candidates are being automatically fast-tracked to the interview stage for openings at Auckland DHB.
The country has a critical shortage of rural podiatrists but one former Wellingtonian now proudly boasts she is New Zealand’s ‘podiatry gumboot expert’.
Allied health staff belonging to the PSA will decide later this month whether to accept what their union is calling a significant offer from the 20 DHBs.
Northland DHB anaesthetic technicians walked off the job today for 24 hours to highlight a growing workforce crisis which both unions representing DHB techs say is serious.
The winter of discontent looks likely to be extending into the spring with more health workers up and down the country issuing strike notices over short staffing and pay concerns.
The College of Midwives met with the Ministry of Health this week as it continues to pursue pay equity after recognition that self-employed midwives’ income should at least double.
The midwifery union MERAS is urging its members to reject the DHBs pay offer as it fails to recognise their base claim for a pay differential over nurses.