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Exploitation, Inequities And The Māori Health Authority

Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 7:52 pm | Ian Powell

On 15 June BusinessDesk published my article on the Māori Health Authority  (MHA – Te Mana Hauora Māori): Māori Health Authority a good call but not a magic bullet . I argued that establishing the Authority, on 1 July, as a separate government ... More >>

Epiphanies And Health System Improvement

Thursday, 16 June 2022, 6:05 am | Ian Powell

Decades ago, when an impressionable young student at Victoria University, I participated in a student association meeting to debate a resolution that the two chaplains rooms (Anglican and Catholic) be removed from the student union building. With such a topic ... More >>

Global Food Systems And Contradictions

Monday, 6 June 2022, 4:33 pm | Ian Powell

Global food systems are not confined to production. There are also a massive complexity of commercial interactions. All this is in the context of an economic system we call capitalism which, while food access a public essential, due to own internal logic ... More >>

Scandal Or Temptation In The Health Restructuring Transition Unit?

Friday, 27 May 2022, 7:26 pm | Ian Powell

Although linked words, ‘scandal’ and ‘scandalous’ are not the same. Scandal is a noun for an incident or event that disgraces or damages the reputation of the persons or organisations involved. Scandalous is an adjective derived ... More >>

DHBs: “Nice Little Earners” For EY

Saturday, 21 May 2022, 5:20 pm | Ian Powell

On 5 May Newsroom published a revealing article by investigative journalist David Williams on the rapid increase of income earned by EY business consultants (formerly known as Ernst & Young) from Aotearoa New Zealand’s district health boards: ... More >>

Proposed Income Insurance Scheme

Sunday, 1 May 2022, 5:58 am | Ian Powell

The proposed ‘New Zealand Income Insurance Scheme’ (‘the scheme’) has attracted strong debate among the more left-wing and liberal groupings, within New Zealand-Aotearoa. This debate should be seen as a positive rather than negative tension because of ... More >>

An Unresponsive Prime Minister And Health Minister To A Best Endeavour

Sunday, 24 April 2022, 7:33 pm | Ian Powell

I have expressed my concerns in these postings and other media outlets about the Government’s decision, without mandate or engagement with the health sector, to abolish district health boards (DHBs) in Aotearoa New Zealand’s public health system ... More >>

Bye-bye Subsidiarity; Hello Democratic Deficit

Monday, 18 April 2022, 7:05 pm | Ian Powell

Every piece of parliamentary legislation has a ‘purpose’ clause describing the legal means or effect of the legislation, usually clause 3 which communicates its intent. The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill setting up the foundations of the New ... More >>

Strategic Covid-19 Direction Needed, Not Traffic Lights Red Herrings

Wednesday, 13 April 2022, 7:46 pm | Ian Powell

The debate over whether New Zealand’s Covid-19 ‘traffic lights’ system should be lowered from ‘red’ to ‘orange’ misses the point. In short, it is a red herring. The traffic light system is less about protecting the public and more about ... More >>

What Makes Good Public Health Sense Also Makes Good Sense For Other Things

Tuesday, 29 March 2022, 7:41 pm | Ian Powell

As my ‘love affair’ with New Zealand Aotearoa’s public health system grew over many years I learnt to pick up on a few soundbites that aptly summarised it. One was that if something made good clinical sense it would also make good financial ... More >>

More Harmful Than Flesh-eating Bugs

Thursday, 24 March 2022, 7:24 pm | Ian Powell

In 2003 Dr Peter Roberts published a book titled Snakes and Ladders: The Pursuit of a Safety Culture in New Zealand Public Hospitals . At the time Dr Roberts; an intensivist and physician, was completing his term as President of the Association ... More >>

Frailty, Dependency And Health Systems

Monday, 21 March 2022, 5:31 pm | Ian Powell

One of the things I enjoyed most when Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) was its annual conference, A feature was the enrichment provided by many engaging guest speakers on a wide range of pertinent subjects. At ... More >>

The Immorality Of Moral Equivalence

Thursday, 17 March 2022, 7:48 pm | Ian Powell

On 14 February, in an earlier Political Bytes blog posting, I wrote about the anti-vaccination occupation of Parliament grounds and surrounding streets and other locations. rights, responsibilities and the far right influence An important ... More >>

Ukraine War – A Continuation Of Politics With The Admixture Of Other Means

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 7:47 pm | Ian Powell

Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz (1780-1831) was a Prussian general and military theorist who stressed the ‘moral’ and political aspects of war. He is a source of many succinct quotations with arguably the most well-known being “War ... More >>

Peaking Of Omicron?

Sunday, 6 March 2022, 7:32 pm | Ian Powell

MartinJenkins consultancy director Nick Davis continues to produce interesting and relevant data on Covid-19 pandemic trends. This is even more so when they provide insights into what is happening or might happen in Aotearoa New Zealand. He has done ... More >>

Collective Interactions, Imitative Behaviour, Delusion And A Dickensian Tin Kettle

Sunday, 27 February 2022, 6:51 pm | Ian Powell

For several years I have subscribed to the New York Review of Books which has been a literary delight. Its overall political orientation is not mine but this adds to rather than detracts from its intellectual appeal. Unfortunately I have a backlog ... More >>

Time To Tax Property Speculation

Friday, 25 February 2022, 6:16 am | Ian Powell

When she became Prime Minister, following the September 2017 general election, Jacinda Ardern’s government established a working party to advise on taxation, including a possible capital gains tax. This was actioning a Labour Party election commitment. ... More >>

Wellington Now Faces A Public Health Emergency

Monday, 21 February 2022, 8:31 pm | Ian Powell

There have been many things said about the escalating debacle involving the occupation in and around Parliament grounds in Wellington. I’ve already blogged an assessment in my previous Political Bytes post:  Rights, responsibilities and far right ... More >>

Health Systems, Patient Safety And Swiss Cheese

Friday, 18 February 2022, 7:59 am | Ian Powell

Recently I was strongly recommended by a friend to read a book by Michael Lewis titled The Premonition: A Pandemic Story . He reckoned it was the kind of book I would really like. I quickly bought it and his assessment was spot on. I say this ... More >>

Rights, Responsibilities, François-Marie Arouet And Far Right Agendas

Monday, 14 February 2022, 8:51 pm | Ian Powell

In 1981, although not a leader, I was an active participant in the massive protests against the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand. South Africa was then under the tyrannical racist apartheid dictatorship responsible for the deny of fundamental ... More >>