Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, May 16th, 2020 - 66 comments
School’s back on Monday, but the medical community is still struggling to understand covid 19
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, June 11th, 2018 - 48 comments
In New Zealand there is sufficient evidence to show that poor peoples’ lives are cut short because of poverty related poor nutrition. While food banks are alleviating the worst impacts of hunger, their kindness may well be contributing to the problem. Food poverty is a systemic issue and requires a systemic response, a response that successive governments are able to avoid while charities continue to provide a buffer for the system.
Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, October 23rd, 2017 - 51 comments
This post is too long to read. Its purpose is to serve as reference material, a “one stop” snapshot of where we are as a country. The mess that the new government inherits. The consequences of the nine long wasted years of National. The magnitude of the challenge ahead of us.
Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, August 31st, 2017 - 48 comments
Two excellent but very disturbing pieces in The Herald yesterday. This crisis in poverty, housing and health is a national disgrace. It is why we desperately need to elect a Labour led government in September.
Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, August 22nd, 2017 - 45 comments
National found $10b down the back of the sofa for roads roads roads, but is under funding our health system to the point of collapse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments
It was National’s best budget. Which means there are only three critical areas of failure.
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.
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.
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: 11:18 am, September 1st, 2016 - 11 comments
Never heard of it? Neither had I.
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: 9:20 am, December 16th, 2015 - 59 comments
Structural problems need structural solutions. Progress on this major public health issue has been set back by a decade because we elected a useless National government.
Written By: - Date published: 7:29 am, October 20th, 2015 - 182 comments
Obesity is a difficult topic to write about, but with the release of new government policy yesterday it is very much in the news. Unfortunately, unsurprisingly, National have chosen to tinker with the consequences of obesity without addressing the causes.
Written By: - Date published: 4:05 pm, October 12th, 2015 - 50 comments
Helen Kelly calls for the government “to get real about medicinal cannabis”. Seriously – what are we waiting for?
Written By: - Date published: 7:49 am, September 25th, 2015 - 109 comments
Been trying to get my head around the implications of Volkswagen’s rigged diesel performance tests. Predictably, and unlike most stories covering this, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse for the financial woes the company might be facing.
Written By: - Date published: 11:09 am, September 4th, 2015 - 15 comments
The Nats have created the (spurious) data for school “league tables” so that parents can be fully informed and make choices, so they tell us. But it seems that parents don’t deserve to be fully informed about the dangerous physical health of schools. That would be just too inconvenient.
Written By: - Date published: 8:29 am, July 17th, 2015 - 75 comments
“Southern DHB commissioner called in to cut costs gets pay increase – to $1400 a day” – but that’s not the interesting bit…