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Striking doctor: ‘I’d rather be looking after patients’

"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.

Midwives’ strike before new pay delivery

A “symbolic hikoi” is under way across the country as midwives begin rolling strikes in support of contract negotiations.

Junior doctors announce second nationwide 48-hour strike this month

Junior doctors employed by district health boards have announced they will strike for a second two-day period this month.

Resident doctors’ strike to go ahead after mediation fails

Next week's strike is set to take place after junior doctors and DHBs failed to reach agreement after two days of mediated bargaining.

Junior doctors’ union express concern about Auckland vacancies

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.

Midwives escalating strike action likely in New Year

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.

New Zealand needs extra 1000 psychologists, estimates taskforce

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.

Historic number of Māori health professionals graduating

The largest cohort of Māori health professionals to ever graduate from Otago will be honoured on Friday before receiving their degrees on Saturday.

“Significant investment” in mental health workforce needed now, says Inquiry report

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.

Strike highlights lack of public funding for adult dental care

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.
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