Sector has expressed relief that the Employment Relations Authority will undertake a facilitation of the long-running industrial dispute between District Health Boards and the Resident Doctors’ Association.
Mark Rouse believes there is a funding crisis in the Aged Residential Care sector where operators are obliged to observe a raft of necessary and ever-increasing compliance costs, while Government funding is not doing nearly enough to keep pace with the changes. He puts the case here for a change in attitude by the Government, essential to ensure that the market provides choice and will not be solely populated by large corporate operators.
Labour and New Zealand First MPs have voted against a select committee inquiry into Pharmac despite desperate pleas from women with advanced breast cancer.
Research by scientists from the Institute of Environmental Science and Research backs the importance of influenza shots during pregnancy after finding pregnant women with the flu are three to five times more likely to end up in hospital.
The mental health ward of Taranaki Base Hospital has been compared to a run-down prison, with several former patients complaining of substandard conditions.