The country’s DHBs are looking to end the year much deeper in the red with a deficit of nearly $220m now forecast – many citing higher patient volumes than predicted. Others say they are further in the red after making provision for a nurses’ pay deal.
Nurses in public hospitals will no longer have to run from patient to patient because they are so short-staffed, Health Minister David Clark says.
The Health Minister’s hint of 16 extra GP places for the next intake was heartening but still far short of the 300 places previously promised, says College of GPs' president Dr Tim Malloy.
The Minister of Health is calling for safe staffing commitments to be written into performance expectations of DHB CEOs and Director-General of Health in support of a new safe staffing Accord announced today.
Auckland DHB was repeatedly warned of "out of control" syphilis rates before it made cuts to sexual health positions, documents show.
GP and dentistry leaders are wary to realistic about a site dubbed Australia’s ‘Trip Advisor’ of healthcare crossing the Tasman to launch a ‘rate’ your health professional website.