Tagged: Tony Ryall

Victory for Reason - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Nov 12, 2010

Though you wouldn’t believe it from the tripe spouted forth in the media, the outcome of the South Island Neurosurgery saga is a triumph of level-headed reason in the face of massive public pressure. It is clear from reading the actual report from the panel entrusted with gathering the facts and making a decision, that [...] Related posts: … Read More

The $3 Shop - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 16, 2010

The MacDoctor often refers to the pharmacy as the $3 shop (All funded script items cost $3.00). And, yes, patients often stare at him blankly, but one has to get one’s fun from somewhere. A recent Herald article claims that this fee is sometimes too much for low-income people causing them not to pick up [...] Related posts: … Read More

Fat Chance of Fat Tax - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Jul 12, 2010

Apparently there is a war on obesity. Trouble is, there does not seemed to be a well-defined enemy in this war. Is it the fast food industry? Perhaps it is the actual fat in foods? Maybe it is the obese person themselves? Or their wicked, neglectful parents? Or perhaps it is carbohydrates, not fats, that [...] Related posts: … Read More

Spam Journalism #72 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Apr 06, 2010

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. After having been too tired to spot that yesterday’s “Black Easter” post was yet another example of spam journalism, I thought I had better redeem myself. There is nothing like a quick flick to the health articles to find sensationalist spam. Journalists [...] Related posts: … Read More

Show Me the Technology - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 06, 2010

The Dominion Post writes yesterday about the looming shortage of oncologists. Four cancer doctors have resigned in a very short space of time. The article explores all the usual reasons why doctors leave, particularly the worrying ones of overwork,  which can only be fixed by employing more hard-to-get doctors. What struck me, though, was the [...] Related posts: … 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