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

 


Surgeon’s Resignation Devastating Blow For Timaru


“Surgeon’s Resignation Devastating Blow For Timaru Hospital; House Of Cards Effect”

“The resignation of experienced general surgeon Neil Harding-Roberts is a devastating blow for the future of Timaru Hospital leaving it sitting like a ‘house of cards’,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

“Dr Neil Harding-Roberts is a dedicated and well regarded specialist surgeon who had many years of service left in South Canterbury’s public health system. But he has resigned after frustration with managerial behaviour that has been building up for years. The current industrial dispute is only one of many factors that have force him to resign.”

“A hospital can’t provide a safe specialist surgical service with only one or two permanently employed surgeons for too long. It will also be extremely difficult to recruit a permanent replacement for Dr Harding-Roberts given the combined effect of international shortages and the deplorable state of affairs at the South Canterbury District Health Board.”

“But the implications are much wider than surgery. Other surgeons and also non-surgical specialists such as physicians will see the writing on the wall for the future of a public hospital that can’t maintain a viable permanent surgical service. It will make it impossible to recruit new staff and increasingly more difficult to retain currently employed senior doctors.”

“The ball is now firmly in the court of the South Canterbury Board. It can either continue to condone the managerial style carried out in its name, and allow the ‘House of Cards’ that Timaru Hospital has become to collapse, or it can end forthwith this destructive behaviour,” concluded Mr Powell.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news