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Health professionals support legal challenge against government’s climate policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, June 28th, 2017 - 3 comments

“Climate change is a medical emergency – and our government’s inaction threatens New Zealanders’ wellbeing, both now and into the future.”

Health budget stuff up – incompetent

Written By: - Date published: 2:56 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 9 comments

I guess English can’t be too angry at Coleman – just last year he stuffed up his own numbers to the tune of $160m per year when “explaining” why he was vetoing an extension to paid parental leave.

How to make medicinal cannabis laws based on the needs of ill and disabled people

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, June 12th, 2017 - 124 comments

The Greens’ bill would make medicinal cannabis easily accessible to those in need without hoop jumping or financial barriers.

$2.3b Health funding shortfall

Written By: - Date published: 7:06 am, June 9th, 2017 - 45 comments

The Nats are under-funding the health sector to the tune of $2.3b. That’s a lot of real people not getting the care that they need.

Medical marijuana on prescription

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, June 2nd, 2017 - 11 comments

The Government starts to make cannabidiol more available.

Tax cuts and 1600 deaths per year

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, May 31st, 2017 - 16 comments

One of the nasty little fishhooks in the budget was the cutting of the home insulation scheme (Warm Up New Zealand). The scheme had a benefit-cost ratio of $6 for every $1 invested. Around 1,600 people die in NZ a year of cold-related factors. Hope the tax cuts are worth it eh?

The cigarette crime spree

Written By: - Date published: 8:13 am, May 27th, 2017 - 74 comments

The cigarette crime spree is a real problem for National. Their “law and order” credentials are in tatters.

Ban cigarettes, find a way to compensate dairy owners for a transitional period.

Suicide, Mike King, and mental health services

Written By: - Date published: 7:59 am, May 19th, 2017 - 38 comments

On the issues of suicide and mental health, the choice is pretty clear. Bungling and abuse from National, a positive plan for action from Labour.

Labour’s mental health policy

Written By: - Date published: 11:03 am, May 12th, 2017 - 13 comments

Labour’s mental health policy has had a good reception, especially in contrast to National’s systematic under-funding and arrogant response to the issue.

Mental health problems are a figment of our imagination and the work of anti government protesters

Written By: - Date published: 11:33 am, May 10th, 2017 - 17 comments

according to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman

Green power

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments

Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.

Mental health needs vs. cuts

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 20th, 2017 - 25 comments

The People’s Mental Health Review report puts the deterioration of our mental health system firmly in the spotlight. Despite a 60 per cent increase in demand since 2007/08 National has been slashing funding. Lives are at risk.

Thank you health care workers

Written By: - Date published: 9:50 am, April 18th, 2017 - 28 comments

This is a huge victory for health care workers, and for women. It is also a huge victory for “resurgent unions”. Will it alarm the private sector? I certainly hope so!

(Kristine Bartlett, photo Herald Mark Mitchell)

Nurses ask us to vote for our health

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, April 5th, 2017 - 50 comments

You could vote for three more years of “brighter future”. Or you could listen to the nurses.

Typhoid in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 3:48 pm, April 4th, 2017 - 76 comments

The typhoid outbreak in Auckland is very bad news. Now would also be a good time to reflect on NZ’s generally poor record on child poverty and disease.

#Trumpcare

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, March 16th, 2017 - 22 comments

The proposed Republican replacement of Obamacare will, surprise surprise, result in lower benefits, reduced coverage and a tax cut for the wealthy.

Free market efficiency in health – not

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 15th, 2017 - 37 comments

The idea of free market efficiency is not nearly as powerful or universal as its (often fanatical) proponents would have us believe. The sorry state of the USA’s health system is yet another compelling example of its limitations.

Roads not health

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, March 9th, 2017 - 98 comments

A new coalition protests health under-funding, while the cost of the holiday highway blows out. Our government has its priorities all screwed up.

Poverty and health

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, February 4th, 2017 - 43 comments

Socioeconomic status is a major health risk factor. Not exactly a surprise is it.

Petition for medicinal cannabis

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, January 28th, 2017 - 23 comments

Good to see that Nikki Kaye is doing so well after her cancer scare. Also good to see her changing her mind on an important issue. Please sign the petition to allow doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis.

Trump’s global gag law on abortion

Written By: - Date published: 12:37 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 52 comments

“Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men”

Another postcard from the Brighter Future

Written By: - Date published: 2:42 pm, November 11th, 2016 - 13 comments

In the midst of the cataclysmic big stories, we should not lose sight of the small personal ones.

Rheumatic fever – treat the cause

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, November 8th, 2016 - 14 comments

Millions of dollars are being poured into reducing rheumatic fever in NZ. However rates of the disease in Auckland are at least double the target level – and rising.

DHBs telling porkies about junior doctors’ strike

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 19th, 2016 - 44 comments

Junior doctors are speaking out against the misinformation being spread by DHBs.

Tax-cuts or… Health

Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, October 18th, 2016 - 133 comments

Health – particularly mental health – is underfunded, resulting in strikes over patient safety and units shutdown due to staff shortages. And unnecessary deaths. So why is the government even thinking about tax-cuts when our services need investment?

Solidarity with junior doctors

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, October 10th, 2016 - 36 comments

Junior doctors taking strike action are being bullied and threatened that they’ll harm their careers.

Eileen Brown for CCDHB

Written By: - Date published: 10:01 pm, September 6th, 2016 - 2 comments

Capital Coast DHB candidate Eileen Brown chairs the Newtown Union Health Service Board, a primary care service for people on low incomes. For the last 10 years, Eileen has worked for the Council of Trade Unions as a senior policy analyst; previously she worked in nursing in many areas including mental health and neuro rehabilitation. Eileen is standing as a Labour candidate. She’d be great on the DHB.

Key vs science on water quality

Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 24th, 2016 - 60 comments

key-hardtalk

The Friday dump on Havelock North

Written By: - Date published: 9:17 am, August 20th, 2016 - 66 comments

What a surprise that the news that NZ’s worst ever waterborne disease outbreak is most likely caused by livestock should be the subject of a classic Friday 5pm news dump.

Clean up our water!

Shit in the water

Written By: - Date published: 3:15 pm, August 15th, 2016 - 92 comments

The damage so far in the Havelock North “gastro” outbreak is one possible death, two older people in intensive care, 18 hospitalised, 50 making their way to the emergency department, 280 notifications, and hundreds of kids staying away from school.

The housing crisis and the diseases of poverty

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 15th, 2016 - 122 comments

Rheumatic fever is on the rise again. It is likely that other diseases of poverty are also or will also increase as the housing crisis drags on under National.

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