Tagged: DHBs

Emergency Clairvoyance - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 23, 2009

One of the hallmarks of emergency departments is the unpredictable nature of the throughput. Accidents, in particular, are relatively unforeseeable although certain types do tend to cluster. Cuts with knives seem to congregate around mealtimes (for obvious reasons) and minor traffic-related injuries have an obviously predictable flurry at rush hour. I recall analysing the data from [...] Related posts: … Read More

Much Ado About Nothing - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 20, 2009

The Herald journalist who produced yesterday’s spam continues his story about nothing today. Now he has a nice long rant from Ian Powell of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (senior doctor’s union). Not that Ian has bother to check his facts either. Despite a doubling in government spending on health in the past 10 years, [...] Related posts: … Read More

Wrong Answers - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 17, 2009

The sad story of the death of diabetic Mrs. Maureen Pineki is the subject of an even sadder report released by the Auckland DHB today. The reason it is sad is because it comes to almost the entirely wrong conclusions about this poor lady’s death. The report urges: RECOMMENDATIONS LABTESTS: Review systems to ensure timely testing, especially of [...] Related … Read More

Tip of the Iceberg - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 17, 2009

Continuing on from yesterday’s post on PHO finances, I see that the Herald is running a follow up article suggesting that the wasted money in health is the “tip of the iceberg”. Maybe. But I suspect global health warming is melting it away. There is no doubt that there is excessive bureaucracy in the PHOs. Some [...] Related posts: … Read More

Take Your Hands Off My Stash - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 16, 2009

And with the the words of Pink Floyd’s Money echoing in our ears, we comment on the the Herald’s somewhat exaggerated headline GP clinics stash reserves of $115m. While the total is correct, the word stashed has the same pejorative meaning as Pink Floyd’s version – a pile of money that someone is hoarding. This [...] Related posts: … Read More

Doctors 4, Labtests 0 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 04, 2009

Latest update on the game of Auckland pathology football is Doctors 4, Labtests 0 as the DHB , supposedly playing for Labtests, scores an own goal. Last night, Counties Manukau DHB chairman, Professor Gregor Coster, said: “They led us to believe they had a quality and safety system in place from the outset. “It proved not to [...] Related posts: … Read More

Spam Journalism #62 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 31, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Well, half the headline is ok… DHBs, union clash over plan to axe 20 doctors Plans to cut 20 resident doctor positions at Auckland hospitals will increase the pressure on remaining staff and threatens standards of patient care, a unionist says. But the [...] … Read More

ACC and Sex - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 18, 2009

The Frog continues his series on ACC changes, complaining this time about the changes to the management of sexual abuse counseling. Interestingly, Frog is moaning about counsellors having to provide a DSM IV mental health diagnosis, which is odd, because they have always been expected to provide a diagnosis from DSM IV. These diagnoses are [...] … Read More

Playing Chicken - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 09, 2009

Apparently, Auckland DHB is now going to play an expensive game of Chicken with Labtests. The Herald reports that “Auckland’s district health boards are considering bringing Diagnostic Medlab back into the provision of community laboratory services because of persisting problems with the newcomer Labtests”. This is silly. If Labtests are providing an inadequate service, they need [...] … Read More