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 SFO’s Investigation Of New Zealand First

On one level. New Zealand First has been the agent of its own misfortune. The New Zealand First Foundation handling the donations at the centre of the Serious Fraud Office investigation was reportedly (a) authorised by the NZF party’s board and (b)the money was apparently used to finance the party’s activities. Yet the disclosure trail remained opaque. According to its critics, NZF can’t have it both ways: it can’t claim that the foundation and the party were entirely separate legal entities, and then go to court to try and block the SFO from releasing its findings because of the likely impact on the party’s electoral fortunes... More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Whether This Election Is Already A Foregone Conclusion

Currently, this election looks like being a no contest. The weekend’s Newshub poll has the centre left enjoying a roughly 57-36% lead over the centre right. Labour is on 50.1% and the Greens 6.5%, while National remains in the dreaded 20s at 29.6% More>>

ALSO:

Serious Fraud Office: Files Charges In Relation To NZ First Foundation Donations

The SFO has filed a charge of ‘Obtaining by Deception’ against two defendants in the New Zealand First Foundation electoral funding case. The charges were filed on 23 September. The defendants have interim name suppression and so cannot be named ... More>>

ALSO:

Economy: Business Leaders’ Confidence Tanks As Top Kiwi CEOs Vent Their Frustrations

The New Zealand Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom 2020 Election Survey has been released with top business leaders saying New Zealand’s Covid-19 recovery is in peril – and they want a decisive role with Government in the country’s future. The annual ... More>>

ALSO:


Poll: Newshub-Reid Research Poll Shows National Rising But Labour Still Governing Alone

With less than three weeks to go, Labour remains in a position where it could govern alone in the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll* on 50.1% - down 10.8 percentage points. National has risen slightly to 29.6% (up 4.5 percentage points), but even with the ... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Taking Action To Reduce Waste And Plastics

Phase out single use and hard to recycle plastics by 2025 Create a $50m Plastics Innovation Fund to develop alternatives Standardise kerbside recycling The Labour Party is taking the next step in removing plastic rubbish from our oceans and environment ... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Last Night’s Leaders Debate

Do political debates change voter intentions, and cause voters to switch sides? According to a 2019 Harvard Business School study conducted across 61 elections in nine countries involving 172,000 respondents, the answer would seem to be a resounding ... More>>

ALSO:

Dunne Speaks: The Election Campaign Just Grinds Slowly On And On

With just over three weeks until the General Election, the release of the first major pre-election opinion poll this week confirmed what was already being reported about this year’s campaign. Although the gap between Labour and National has narrowed ... More>>

Electoral Commission: Candidate And Party Lists Released

17 registered political parties and 677 candidates will be contesting the 2020 General Election Nominations have now closed and the Electoral Commission has released the electorate and party list candidates for 2020 online at vote.nz . Advance voting ... More>>

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels