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GPs to triage patients, robots to replace staff in Waikato DHB deficit savings plan

A cash-strapped district health board is considering using robots to replace staff and making GPs triage patients at medical centres in a desperate effort to claw back savings.

DHB’s being urged to do more on climate change

An anaesthetist is encouraging District Health Boards to look for ways to reduce carbon footprints.

Waikato health board director mysteriously resigns

A key member of former Waikato District Health Board chief executive Dr Nigel Murray's inner circle has resigned, effective immediately.

Survey shows distributed clinical leadership still lacking

“District Health Boards are failing to foster a culture of distributed clinical leadership, despite its demonstrated benefits to the sector,” says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS). ASMS’ latest...

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.

Waikato Hospital paid $50,000 in cancelled contract with Chiefs

Waikato Hospital paid the Chiefs rugby franchise $50,000 after a contract was signed by an executive member who did not have the authority to sign it.

Released emails and memo reveal fallout from Bay of Plenty DHB’s damning internal report

Several emails and a memo released under the Official Information Act, which the Bay of Plenty DHB tried to stop happening, reveal fallout from and response to damning internal report.

Health bosses reject offer of a Ronald McDonald House due to fast food link

Counties Manukau Health has dropped plans for a Ronald McDonald House for families of Middlemore Hospital patients after its public health specialists reportedly opposed links with the fast food giant.

DHBs gearing up for Census 2018

"My Health Counts So I am Counted" - District Health Boards (DHBs) are encouraging as many people as possible to do the Census next Tuesday, 6th March, to ensure the Ministry of Health’s Population-Based Funding Formula is as accurate as possible.

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.
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