News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Gagging Of Clinical Staff Unacceptable

Gagging Of Clinical Staff Unacceptable

“The CDHB is pressuring staff members to sign a new code of conduct which gags clinical staff from speaking to the media and demands loyalty to the CDHB, just before vital Stopwork Meetings being held next week,” said Nadine Marshall, Secretary of the National Union of Public Employees (NUPE) today. “The code of conduct which NUPE members are currently subject to includes the statement ‘Clinical staff are free to speak to the news media about their specialty’ This phrase has been removed from the new code.”

“It seems that the CDHB is concerned that clinical staff may wish to inform the public of the difficulties they face in the performance of their jobs as the level of acuity gets worse and the health cuts deepen,” said Nadine Marshall. “This is further to the CDHB gagging Board members from speaking about decisions.”

“The Board has never consulted with our Union on changes to the Code of Conduct, “said Nadine Marshall. “There are serious implications because the Board has threatened to take disciplinary action against our members on the basis they are covered by the new code. The recent case in Auckland where Dr Bruce Twaddle was threatened with disciplinary action for speaking out over reduced bed numbers illustrates the significance of the issue.”

Nadine Marshall said that the Union was writing to the Board demanding they withdraw the order to workers to sign that they have read the new Code of conduct at least until consultation has occurred. “Such consultation would need to address the right of clinicians to speak out and explain just what displaying ’loyalty’ to the CDHB might mean.” For more information contact: Nadine Marshall Secretary on (03) 377 3582 or 021 689 733

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis Review: From Free Press to Fancy Dress - Spielberg's The Post

Stephen Spielberg's The Post is an opportune newsroom drama in which a corrupt Republican president wages war against the "liberal media," as its plucky proprietor risks economic and legal ruin to bring the Pentagon Papers to public light. Its true protagonist is publisher Katharine Graham, a stringently diplomatic businesswoman, reluctantly compelled to take an overtly political stance in the interests of democracy and freedom of the press. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Black Dog of Empire - Joe Wright's Darkest Hour'

On the eve of England's contorted efforts to negotiate its ignominious retreat from Europe and the chaotic spectacle of the Tory party ratifying its undignified departure from a union originally designed to prevent another World War, there has been a renewed appetite for movies about 1940. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Anger Begets Anger - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

For fans of what Ricky Gervais termed "number movies" (Seven Samurai, The Magnificent Seven, Ocean's 11, Se7en), Martin McDonagh's latest offering will be a welcome addition to the roster. The Irish playwright turned screenwriter and director has produced another quirky and darkly comic tragedy that evolves around the futility of anger and grief, retribution and revenge. More>>

Howard Davis: Sexting in George Dawe's Genevieve - Part I

Te Papa's permanent collection includes an enormous oil painting by the English artist George Dawe called Genevieve (from by a poem by S.T. Coleridge entitled 'Love') that was prominently featured in the 2013 exhibition Angels & Aristocrats. Compare the massive immensity of the bard's gorgeously gilded harp with the stubby metallic handle of the Dark Knight's falchion, both suggestively positioned at crotch-level. Dawe's enormous canvas invokes a whole history of blushing that pivots around a direct connection to sexual arousal. More>>


Ethnomusicology: Malian ‘Desert Blues’ Revolutionaries To Storm WOMAD

Malian band Tinariwen (playing WOMAD NZ in March 2018) are a true musical revolutionaries in every sense. Active since 1982, these nomadic Tuareg or ‘Kel Tamashek’ (speakers of Tamashek) electric guitar legends revolutionised a traditional style to give birth to a new genre often called ‘desert blues’. They also have a history rooted deeply in revolution and fighting for the rights of their nomadic Tamashek speaking culture and people. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland