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

 

Health Minister Must Intervene


“Health Minister Must Intervene In Crisis-Ridden Auckland”

“Health Minister Annette King must intervene in the crisis-ridden Auckland District Health Board if long-term damage to the quality of health services is to be avoided,” said Mr Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, today.

“Auckland is in the middle of a crisis of which the bitter protracted dispute between management and radiographers is the current and worst example. The dispute has further deteriorated the already seriously low morale in Auckland over the DHB’s autocratic leadership style which is sapping the confidence of senior doctors and other health professionals. This corrosiveness is also sucking in the neighbouring Counties Manukau and Waitemata DHBs.”

“If this crisis of leadership in Auckland continues then it will cause a loss of key skilled professional staff. There is already evidence of this with some radiographers leaving and our feed-back is that this is also being seriously considered by other health professionals. Loss of key health professionals and shortages directly affect the quality of patient care. Although the Board has primary responsibility for intervening and addressing this crisis of leadership, to date they have not demonstrated any willingness or ability to resolve it. The Board’s failure puts the crisis fairly and squarely in the court of the Health Minister.”

“There are two critical decisions that Health Minister Annette King needs to make. First, she should require the Auckland DHB to refer the radiographers’ dispute to independent arbitration before the next strike round proceeds. Understandably the Minister does not want to do this but the stakes are now too high and the crisis is leading to long-term detrimental outcomes. The government wisely recognised this in the long-standing secondary teachers’ dispute and should be prepared to do likewise in this dispute. The radiographers’ union has already stated a preparedness to go to arbitration. Only the Auckland DHB management is blocking it.”

“Second, she should order an independent review of the leadership style and performance of the Auckland DHB which is the common denominator in the low morale and poor relationships between management and health professionals. The radiographers’ dispute is a symptom rather than cause of this crisis of confidence.”

“The Health Minister has made strong impressive statements expressing her appreciation for the dedication and commitment of senior doctors and other health professionals and the importance of good cooperative working relationships in DHBs. The Auckland crisis is sabotaging her policy and the Board has failed to sort the crisis out. Consequently she must intervene to prevent further damage from becoming irretrievable,” concluded Mr Powell.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Implications Of The Travel Bubble

Amidst the coverage of the hugs and kisses and reunion tears one hates to be a killjoy… But there has been little attention paid to the pattern of travel we’re likely to see with the Trans-tasman bubble. Clearly, there has been a lot of pent-up demand for the Visiting Friends and Relatives (VFR) kind of travel which – while welcome on humanitarian grounds - will be of less benefit to our ailing tourism industry than say, holiday excursions and high-end business travel... More>>

 

Government: Border Exceptions Will See More Families Reunited

Hundreds more families who were separated by the border closure will be reunited under new border exceptions announced today, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. More>>

ALSO:

National: Proposed Hate Speech Laws A Step Too Far

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “The reforms are supposedly including protections to every ... More>>

ALSO:

Agriculture: Government To Phase Out Live Exports By Sea

The Government has announced that the export of livestock by sea will cease following a transition period of up to two years, said Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor. “At the heart of our decision is upholding New Zealand’s reputation for high ... More>>

ALSO:


PM Ardern And PM Morrison: Commencement Of Two-Way Quarantine-Free Travel Between Australia And New Zealand

Joint Statement by Prime Ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern Commencement of two-way quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand Today, Australia and New Zealand have fulfilled their commitment to establish two-way quarantine free ... More>>

Claire Breen: ACC’s Policy Of Not Covering Birth Injuries Is One More Sign The System Is Overdue For Reform

Claire Breen , University of Waikato Recent media coverage of women not being able to get treatment for birth injuries highlights yet another example of gender bias in healthcare in New Zealand. More>>

Police: Police Accept Findings Of IPCA Report Into Photographs Taken At Checkpoint

Police accept the findings of a report by the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) relating to photographs taken at a checkpoint in Northland. On November 16, 2019, Police set up a checkpoint down the road from a fight night event in Ruakaka ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels