The usual tumult in health sector with new government removing targets for treatment and the pending nurse's strike. Something cheery: tips for good health.

Targets. (Does that include Faster Cancer Treatment?) What do you think?

Please sort out the nurses' pay, DHBs!

Health boss's advice for a long life.


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  • Nurses pay is always secondary to the pay of specialists, but more nurses is an important issue.  As it’s the nurses who do most of the day to day then there should be a way to work out how many nurses are needed per specialist – a formula of sorts.  There is no point hiring an extra specialist in a hospital if the specialist has no nurse to care for his patients.  So why have one more specialist when you could have a small army of nurses for the same cost ?  Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), would not approve of that idea.

    Maybe Matthew Donnellan, CEO of Whitecoat has got the answer.  Whitecoat is a website that will allow a patient to choose a medical professional based on their past performance.  It’s a simple idea, a solution to many problems, make it like a credit rating, if a medical professional is not “up to scratch” then they don’t get a “credit rating.”  Sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it ?  But what about those not up to scratch ?, perhaps they can be retrained  - as nurses maybe ?  Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS), would not approve of that idea either.

    Come on Mr Clark, surely you can work out what the proportion should be of nurses to specialists ?

  • The Nurses strike is around much more than pay. It s around safe staffing and retaining staff. The benefit to Patients of increased staffing will be huge. It will save lives and prevent mishaps like falls, drug errors. It will ensure that the deteriorating patient is picked up early. Closer monitoring, Patient education etc will become a reality rather than a dream. Nurses are advocating for Patient safety by demanding safer staffing. This is something the DHBs have failed to implement over the last 10 years. So, why are Nurses having to include this in wage negotiations?

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