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Jacinda’s Gladys Moment

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 6:05 pm | Ian Powell

Gladys Berejiklian is an experienced Australian Liberal Party politician. First elected to the New South Wales Parliament in 2003, in January 2017 she became the state’s 45th Premier. Just over three years later she had to confront her greatest ... More >>

Where Britain Goes Aotearoa Should Not Go

Monday, 18 October 2021, 12:52 pm | Ian Powell

Originally published at https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/10/18/where-britain-goes-aotearoa-should-not-go/ At the outbreak of World War 2 the country’s first Labour Party Prime Minister Michael Savage declared that wherever Britain goes, New Zealand goes. At time it ... More >>

Funding Of High-needs Primary Healthcare Needs An Overhaul

Thursday, 14 October 2021, 4:40 pm | Ian Powell

The negotiation process that regularly updates terms and conditions for general practice funding barely works for privately owned practices (mainly small businesses and providing the large majority of primary healthcare in New Zealand). It works ... More >>

Delta Response “Gutted” By Government Backdown

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 7:03 pm | Ian Powell

At 4pm on Monday 4 October Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave a post-cabinet media conference to report on the latest decisions in the Covid-19 pandemic response, specifically the Delta variant outbreak. It was to be primarily about the future of the lockdown ... More >>

Mental Health Funding Mystery And Mischief

Saturday, 2 October 2021, 6:01 pm | Ian Powell

One of the difficulties that can occur in parliamentary politics is that the response of the government of the day responds to an opposition party spinning a yarn that makes it look bad is to either behave like a possum in the headlights or defensively ... More >>

Covid-19 Elimination Strategy, Smug Hermit Kingdoms And Kim Jong-Key

Monday, 27 September 2021, 3:23 pm | Ian Powell

There has been a growing number of voices calling for an end to New Zealand’s elimination strategy in the fight against Covid-19. Much of it comes from impulsive media ‘shock-jocks’ through sensationalist but misleading sound-bytes claiming ... More >>

Reputations In Tatters

Friday, 24 September 2021, 12:52 pm | Ian Powell

Originally published at https://democracyproject.nz/2021/09/24/ian-powell-reputations-in-tatters/ On 19 May 2021 the Democracy Project published an article by me discussing how a ‘very bureaucratic coup’ was successfully undertaken to undermine the district ... More >>

Government’s New Health Indicators Fail To Indicate

Saturday, 18 September 2021, 4:37 pm | Ian Powell

The recently announced new health indicators framework was promoted as a key transformational feature of the Labour government’s health system restructuring announced by Minister of Health Andrew Little last April. But for indicators to be indicators they have ... More >>

How has NZ performed on vaccines?

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 11:50 am | Ian Powell

Late last year commentators generally recognised the public were appreciative of the effectiveness (despite some blips) of the government’s elimination of covid-19 community transmission strategy. New Zealand was one of a very small number of countries ... More >>

Media Muddle Muffles Canterbury DHB’s Deficit Importance

Sunday, 12 September 2021, 8:03 pm | Ian Powell

On 30 August the Press (part of the Stuff stable) published an article under the eye-catching headline ‘ Cash-strapped health board's operational deficit ballooning despite ambitious savings plan ’. The headline made the article a must-read. It ... More >>

Bad Politics Are A Virus’s Best Friend

Tuesday, 7 September 2021, 8:17 pm | Ian Powell

One thing the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted is the importance of political decision-making. The adoption of successful elimination strategies to combat community transmission has occurred where governments, such as New Zealand’s, have accepted the advice ... More >>

If Patient Co-payments Were Removed From General Practices

Tuesday, 31 August 2021, 6:29 pm | Ian Powell

It is only a matter of time before a government, whether Labour or National-led, accepts that patient co-payments for general practice visits are a major barrier for access to primary care. Steps in this direction began in the late 1990s under ... More >>

The Third Coming of Lester Levy – a process glued together by hypocrisy: Part Two

Tuesday, 24 August 2021, 9:31 am | Ian Powell

Originally published at https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/08/24/the-third-coming-of-lester-levy-a-process-glued-together-by-hypocrisy-part-two/ The first and second comings of Dr Lester Levy were discussed in Part One of this two-part blog series: https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/08/20/the-luck-and-comings-of-lester-levy-part-one/ ... More >>

The Luck And Comings Of Lester Levy: Part One

Friday, 20 August 2021, 3:22 pm | Ian Powell

Newsroom’s David Williams has developed a well-earned reputation as a quality investigative journalist, including on health system issues such as the political hatchet job by government on the senior management team of Canterbury District Health ... More >>

Government’s Response To New Zealand’s Delta Threat Is The Right Response

Wednesday, 18 August 2021, 7:39 pm | Ian Powell

The Government is right in its response to New Zealand’s (Aotearoa) community transmission case of the highly contagious Delta Covid-19 variant. Yesterday, within a few hours of the discovery, It moved fast to an initial hard seven lockdown in ... More >>

The Meaning Of Elimination Of Covid-19

Monday, 9 August 2021, 6:35 pm | Ian Powell

Critical to the success of New Zealand’s elimination strategy of Covid-19 community transmission has been the quality of expert advice of the country’s epidemiologists. They haven’t been the only medical specialists or other scientists to provide this ... More >>

Health Minister Behaves Badly Towards Nurses

Sunday, 1 August 2021, 2:09 pm | Ian Powell

Arguably Minister of Health Andrew Little is the MP in the New Zealand Parliament with the greatest experience and knowledge of collective bargaining between employers and unions. For several years he was an effective leader of the Engineering, Printing ... More >>

Doctors Call For Vaccine Development In New Zealand

Thursday, 22 July 2021, 4:25 pm | Ian Powell

Originally published at https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/07/22/doctors-call-for-vaccine-development-in-new-zealand/ On 10 June the Democracy Project published online an article by me on why New Zealand should seriously consider developing its own vaccine manufacturing and supply, particularly ... More >>

Boris The Barbaric Threatens More Than The UK

Sunday, 18 July 2021, 7:25 pm | Ian Powell

Last Tuesday my oldest daughter Lana returned from London where she teaches for six weeks during the northern summer. That same day I was one of two panellists on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel which runs Monday to Friday from 3.45pm to 5pm. Much ... More >>

Has The Government Mishandled New Zealand’s Vaccine Rollout?

Saturday, 10 July 2021, 8:02 pm | Ian Powell

If one were to accept the statements of National Party leader Judith Collins and her Covid-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop, along with other critics, the Labour government has badly mishandled the Covid-19 vaccine (Pfizer) rollout in New Zealand. To assess ... More >>