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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, October 19th, 2016 - 44 comments
Junior doctors are speaking out against the misinformation being spread by DHBs.
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?
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:31 am, August 24th, 2016 - 60 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, July 25th, 2016 - 28 comments
According to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman he is right, everyone else is wrong and there is no elective surgery hidden list in New Zealand.
Written By: - Date published: 3:20 pm, July 11th, 2016 - 77 comments
Essential reading, two pieces highlighting institutional racism today. Someone needs to ask the Maori Party how proud they are to be propping up this government.
Written By: - Date published: 3:54 pm, June 16th, 2016 - 102 comments
So – like Canterbury, like Auckland, the democratic process can get stuffed as far as National are concerned.
Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, June 2nd, 2016 - 80 comments
Hey Mike Hosking – how many dead and deformed babies is the precious Olympic schedule worth to you anyway?
Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, June 1st, 2016 - 48 comments
Yesterday’s announcement of likely new regulations on the “plain packaging” of tobacco products is a good move.
Written By: - Date published: 12:11 am, May 20th, 2016 - 173 comments
What does it really mean to reduce NZ’s total fossil fuel use by 50% by 2030: a warm up discussion for an upcoming thought experiment.
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 6th, 2016 - 30 comments
It’s a steady attrition, the death of a thousand cuts.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 5th, 2016 - 22 comments
Last night Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill passed it’s first reading. Bravo to Andrew Little, Labour, The Greens, NZF, The Maori Party, and Peter Dunne, who voted in support.
Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 22nd, 2016 - 89 comments
“My message to the gangs is clear. This Government is coming after your business and we will use every tool we have to destroy it. We will be ruthless in our pursuit of you and the evil drug you push.”