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Equal pay protestors chase the Government out of the Dunedin hospital

Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, August 19th, 2017 - 40 comments

They ran away from equal pay. 

Labour addresses urgent mental health need in Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 12:41 pm, August 17th, 2017 - 5 comments

In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Canterbury, National’s treatment of mental health needs in the region has been absolutely shameful. Yesterday Jacinda Ardern released new policy to help address the crisis. Great work from Labour in an area that National have cruelly neglected.

The Listener on our health system crisis

Written By: - Date published: 2:58 pm, August 7th, 2017 - 17 comments

A major piece by Jessica McAllen in The Listener out today. Cash-strapped hospitals are using unsafe hardware-store versions of proper surgical-grade equipment, and reusing “single use” devices.

Health disasters – useless Coleman in all kinds of shit

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, August 4th, 2017 - 36 comments

The Health system is riddled with crises and useless Minister Jonathan Coleman is in all kinds of shit. He doesn’t seem to care any more and we won’t front up for interviews. Coleman is a disgrace.

Lifeline funding cut

Written By: - Date published: 1:10 pm, August 2nd, 2017 - 58 comments

Funding to Lifeline has been cut in favour of an organisation with a family link to Bill English. It may be completely innocent as all the interested parties claim. But it’s not a good look to be destroying Lifeline, an organisation doing world class work in an area of desperate need. You don’t easily replace that experience.

Trying to bury bad news

Written By: - Date published: 5:06 pm, August 1st, 2017 - 29 comments

It’s a busy news day, so… Government axes Lifeline contract. Yes, we still top the western world on youth suicide.  We still have regular stories like this today. So what does the Government do?  Cancel the money that Lifeline uses to train thousands in suicide prevention. $800,000 – a massive amount to Lifeline and the […]

Synthetic cannabis deaths

Written By: - Date published: 4:29 pm, July 21st, 2017 - 35 comments

We should consider decriminalising real cannabis to provide a safer alternative.

Tax cuts or fix this…

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 21st, 2017 - 54 comments

Auckland City Councilor Richard Hills yesterday tweeted some of the things we would like to see fixed before a tax cut. You might want to add to the list. Good thing Labour is promising to cancel the cuts and spend billions more on health and education.

National reckon public health and education are a waste of money?

Written By: - Date published: 9:11 am, July 20th, 2017 - 27 comments

According to Morning Report the Nats are calling Labour’s budget for more spending on health and education “a plan to waste more money”. Tell it to the people who can’t afford private alternatives and depend on the public systems.

Nats’ shameful surrender on suicide

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, July 18th, 2017 - 16 comments

The Nats know all about the importance of monitoring and goals when it comes to effecting change. So naturally: “A goal of reducing New Zealand’s total suicide rate by 20 per cent over 10 years was rejected over fears the Government would be held accountable if the rate didn’t drop.”

Generous donation – why was it necessary to get a hospital built?

Written By: - Date published: 12:58 pm, July 11th, 2017 - 28 comments

Thank you Mark Dunajtschik. But why did it take a generous private donation to get a badly needed public hospital off the drawing-board?

Government’s cruelty on Christchurch’s mental health

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, July 5th, 2017 - 15 comments

Christchurch’s mental health services are overwhelmed and verging on collapse. Canterbury has the most suicides in NZ. And yet the government has just declined a request for further funding. National – delivering misery for Canterbury.

NRT: National’s failure on rheumatic fever

Written By: - Date published: 10:46 am, July 4th, 2017 - 22 comments

I/S at No Right Turn writes: “Five years ago, National set itself a target as part of its “Better Public Services” targets to reduce the incidence of rheumatic fever by two-thirds. They failed.”

About that pay equity deal

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, July 1st, 2017 - 15 comments

More excellent reporting from Newsroom: “Long overdue pay rate increases affecting 55,000 New Zealand care and support workers kick in on July 1. But the Government’s failure to fully fund the changes is threatening to derail service providers”

Health professionals support legal challenge against government’s climate policy

Written By: - Date published: 6:19 am, June 28th, 2017 - 4 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.

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