Tagged: Medical Practice

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

Dead Babies - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 22, 2009

Stillbirths are traumatic. I am a seasoned provider of terminal care, so the dying process does not phase me, like it phases many of my colleagues. Even so, the death of a baby is horribly unpleasant and even more so when the baby is stillborn or dies soon after birth. All that expectation of happiness [...] Related posts: … 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

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

Abortion is Maddening - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 03, 2009

This Month’s British Journal of Psychiatry carries a research paper that should make all doctors signing abortion certificates on the basis of mental health concerns, think twice. The paper elegantly demonstrates that abortion worsens mental health outcomes. Unfortunately, I can only link to this article, rather than the paper itself, which is behind a pay-wall. [...] Related posts: … Read More

Handwash - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 01, 2009

The Sunday Star Times makes the rather obvious connection between the spread of the Superbug ESBL and the lax hand-washing practices of staff, particularly doctors. I will be the first to admit that we doctors are a slack bunch in general when it comes to hand-washing. “There are many excuses healthcare workers come up with for [...] 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

Faster Than a Speeding Antibiotic… - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 24, 2009

I see once again the “superbug” is in the news, with poor old North Shore Hospital attempting to control an outbreak by splitting up their wards. Having worked in such an environment, I know exactly how frustrating that can be for nursing staff. Reverse barrier nursing (gloves, gowns, caps and overshoes to protect the nurse [...] … Read More

Over My Dead Body - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 30, 2009

The powerful Senate Finance committee has just voted down two proposed amendments to Obama’s healthcare reform bill; amendments that would have created a public insurance scheme as a key part of insuring some of America’s 47 million uninsured. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s amendment would have added a public insurance option that would reimburse doctors and hospitals [...] … Read More