Jim McVeagh

Bad Doctor (2) - MacDoctor

Dec 06, 2009

Ron Paterson, the former Health and Disability Commissioner, is going to head up a research project into “the best practice on how the public can be confident any given medical practitioner is “a good doctor”“. While this sounds superficially like a worthy undertaking, you can be assured that the conclusions arrived at will probably be [...] Related posts:

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If Doctors Used Climate Science… - MacDoctor

Dec 05, 2009

If you have ever wondered what it would be like if professionals from other disciplines started using the peculiar logic used by climate scientists in their research, wonder no more. Tom Naughton on his eponymous blog gives us If Climate “Researchers” Became Doctors “Step up on the scale, Mr. Naughton.” “Sure, Doctor. I’m looking forward to seeing this [...] Related posts:

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Sounds Familiar - MacDoctor

Dec 03, 2009

This is the section on health from the 2025 Task Force summary: 10. Health: a. A funder-provider model should be reintroduced in the hospital sector, allowing much greater private sector involvement in the provision of taxpayer-funded services. b. Universal (unrelated to income or health status) subsidies for doctors’ visits should be abolished. c. Subsidies for prescription pharmaceuticals should be substantially reduced, with [...] Related posts:

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Thicker Than Water - MacDoctor

Dec 02, 2009

The gay rights group Rainbow Wellington is taking the New Zealand Blood Service to the Human Rights Commission over the restrictions on sexually active homosexual men giving blood. Frankly, I think this is a stupid waste of the scarce resources of the New Zealand Blood Service, who can ill afford HRC lawyers. It is an [...] Related posts:

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Spam Journalism #64 - MacDoctor

Dec 01, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. It was inevitable that the sentinel event report , designed to help hospitals improve systems, would be seized upon by journalists to score some easy sensational headlines. The Dom Post supplies us with this fine headline: Hospitals to blame in 92 deaths Hospital [...] Related posts:

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Force Quit - MacDoctor

Nov 28, 2009

Force Quit is what you do on a Mac when a program freezes to remove the offending program from memory. Force quit also appears to be what the DHBs have in mind to achieve their goal of 80 per cent of hospitalised smokers be given advice and help to quit. Most DHBs are way under [...] Related posts:

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Ethical Jab? - MacDoctor

Nov 27, 2009

I discovered this very interesting poll on Medscape today: What is interesting is that 17% of physicians who answered this survey think it is ethical to refuse to see a child whose parents have chosen not to vaccinate (this has remained stable at around 17% for the past 500 or so votes). I find this quite [...] Related posts:

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Global Warping - MacDoctor

Nov 25, 2009

Now that our illustrious government has finally managed to pass, at great cost to itself and the Maori party, a badly designed Emissions Trading Scheme – that absolutely everyone else hates –  it is time to wonder why anyone bothered. This expensive waste of political capital will achieve precisely nothing for our environment nor prevent [...] Related posts:

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REALLY Big Toys - MacDoctor

Nov 25, 2009

I see they’ve finally got the Large Hadron Collider to work at last. And the universe did not disappear into a giant black hole. Kind of a pity, really. I was looking forward to the shorter drive to work. Apparently, the Collider is going to unlock the “secrets of the universe”. Of course, we know that [...] Related posts:

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Happy Birthday, Charles - MacDoctor

Nov 24, 2009

Apparently today is the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species. At the time, it was considered probably the most controversial book of all time, although, today, it is probably more boring than controversial and more of a scientific curiosity than a valid scientific treatise. Most of Darwin’s theory has been [...] Related posts:

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