Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Doctors’ Right To Speak Out Will Be Defended

MEDIA STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE,

TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2002

“Doctors’ Right To Speak Out Will Be Defended”

“The right of senior doctors to speak out will be strongly defended,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today. Mr Powell was commenting on reported verbal pressure on Kaitaia Hospital surgeon Peter Dryburgh not to speak out.

“Peter Dryburgh has outlined his concerns over patient safety in a measured manner based on his expertise experience. Any attempt to gag him is a threat to all senior doctors in all parts of the country.”

“Senior doctors such as Peter Dryburgh employed by the Northland District Health Board have an explicit right in their collective agreement to participate in public debate and dialogue on matters relevant to their professional expertise and experience. The Northland collective agreement also recognises the primacy of responsibility of senior doctors to their patients in the event that there may be a difference with their employer.”

“Attempting to gag senior doctors such as Peter Dryburgh is contrary to their rights in their collective agreement and contrary to the public interest,” concluded Mr Powell.

Ian Powell
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Attachment
Attachment: Northland collective agreement clauses on (1) public debate and dialogue and (2) professional and patient responsibility and accountability
Public Debate and Dialogue:

In recognition of the rights and interests of the public in the health service, employees reserve the right to enter into public debate and dialogue over matters relevant to their professional expertise and experience. Employees will undertake to advise the employer of any concerns and issues prior to entering into public debate and dialogue. In exercising this provision employees shall not breach commercial or patient confidentiality, and shall give due regard to the employer's relevant policy and to their professional and ethical codes.


Professional and Patient Responsibility and Accountability:
In recognising the responsibilities and accountabilities that the employer and employees have to each other, the parties recognise:

(a) the primacy of the personal responsibility of employees to their patients;
(b) that employees are responsible and accountable to statutory authorities established, as applicable, under the Medical Practitioners Act and Dental Act (such as the Medical and Dental Council) including their relevant policy statements and guidelines; and
(c) that employees are responsible and accountable to the ethical codes and standards of relevant professional associations.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday].

Housing Minister Phil Twyford's office said he would not be commenting on Mr Barclay's resignation as it was an employment matter. Last month, Mr Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not been at work for a number of weeks. More>>

 

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

DHBs "Prepared": Junior Doctors Strike Again

The needs of acute patients will be met during tomorrow's junior doctor strike, a DHB spokesperson says... Almost 3000 junior doctors are expected to walk off the job, which will affect all DHBs apart from West Coast District Health Board. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

Trainers: Taratahi Institute of Agriculture In Interim Liquidation

Taratahi employ 250 staff and this year has provided education to over 2500 students. Taratahi owns and manages 8 farms throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA Report: Complaints About Deputy Commissioner Wallace Haumaha

The Authority has found that DC Haumaha acted improperly by approaching staff and others to provide information to support him to refute the allegations about his 2016 conduct, or solicited other staff to do so on his behalf... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels