Tagged: Ron Paterson

System Failure - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 11, 2010

When a serious error is made in someone’s diagnosis, investigation or treatment, we really like to blame a health practitioner or two. In the Herald today, just such a diagnostic disaster is blamed on the DHB as Ron Paterson asks them to apologise for poor service. This is pretty unfair of Mr. Paterson as it [...] 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

A Question of Dying - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 26, 2009

Ron Paterson reckons that up to 85% of terminally ill New Zealanders do not get support when they need it to have a “good death”. He was speaking at a seminar on the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients at the time. This “statistic” has the hallmarks of guesswork rather than reality, as Paterson is [...] … Read More