"I signed up for a career of looking after patients and helping people who are sick - I didn't want to be fighting to have a reasonable working life," says Dr Rosa Tobin Stickings as she spends her morning protesting for the third time this year.
Junior doctors employed by district health boards have announced they will strike for a second two-day period this month.
Next week's strike is set to take place after junior doctors and DHBs failed to reach agreement after two days of mediated bargaining.
The Resident Doctors’ Association is expressing concern about doctor vacancies at four northern DHBs as the union continues to try and settle a new deal with the 20 DHBs before the current deal expires early in 2018.
The midwives’ union has been joined by the junior doctors and an allied health union in expressing frustration at ministerial interference in pay talks leading to more industrial action.
The call for increased access to ‘talk therapies’ and more psychologists made in the Mental Health Inquiry report is applauded by the College of Clinical Psychologists – but a taskforce estimates the country already needs nearly 1000 more psychologists.
The largest cohort of Māori health professionals to ever graduate from Otago will be honoured on Friday before receiving their degrees on Saturday.
No quick-fix solutions to the mental health workforce crisis are offered in the Mental Health Inquiry report. Health Central looks at the Inquiry workforce findings and the sector’s response.
The iwi employer of GPs planning to strike in support of dentist colleagues says the dispute also brings to the fore the lack of public funding for adult dental care.