Tagged: Medical Error

Flu Chaos - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 22, 2010

The Herald reports that a report by Martin Dawe of the first two weeks of the Swine Flu epidemic is intensely critical of the lack of planning and poor coordination of data resources. This was the MacDoctor’s impression of the entire debacle. I knew of a potentially deadly strain of Mexican flu three days before [...] Related posts: … Read More

Not Predictable - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jan 17, 2010

The Herald on Sunday contains articles on two extremely misfortunate deaths. The first is Lam Xuan Hu, a 24-year-old Vietnamese student who died when a wheel from a truck, traveling in the opposite direction on the freeway in Auckland, came adrift and crashed through a bus. This unfortunate young man, a recent arrival to New [...] Related posts: … Read More

Bad Doctor (2) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh 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: … Read More

Spam Journalism #64 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh 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 … Read More

Bad Doctor - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 18, 2009

Just occasionally, when the media run a “bad doctor” story, the doctor is actually bad. Such is the story of Sajan Bhatia, the disgraced Southland urologist, who has apparently continued to practice as a doctor long after the medical council refused to renew his practicing certificate. This is the medical equivalent of a hanging offense. Bhatia [...] 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

Spam Journalism #59 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 24, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. This is what happens when legitimate studies are reported sensationally: Bad doctors most likely to be men, report shows Women make safer doctors than men, Britain’s largest study of medical performance has found. They are less likely to be investigated over concerns about [...] … Read More

Medical Innuendo - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2009

Mercifully, there is no blaring “Labtests is evil” news item in the media today, but I note that the Herald can’t resist a dig at Labtests in this article on the tragic story of a woman who died from what appears to be a hypoglycaemic (very low blood sugar) episode. Mrs Pineki had a home visit [...] … Read More

Uppers and Downers - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 19, 2009

There’s a sad story in the Herald today of a young doctor who has been charged with forging prescriptions for weight-loss pills to keep her awake while working long hours. On the face of it, the judge was probably correct to reject the defenses plea for a discharge without conviction. I have absolutely no wish [...] … Read More