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Leadership Failures Threaten Public Trust And Confidence In Covid-19 Response

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 6:14 am | Ian Powell

New Zealand’s response to the coronavirus has been outstanding by international standards. Even with the second recent outbreak in Auckland, according to World Health Organisation data as of 16 October, our mortality rate remained one of the best in ... More >>

Medical Profession: A Driver Of Health System Innovation

Friday, 16 October 2020, 6:36 pm | Ian Powell

During my over 30 years representing medical and dental specialists, primarily those employed by district health boards, it never ceased to impress me how much they generate sustainable innovation. Specialists by their nature and training are masters of complexity ... More >>

A ‘Good Death’ Is The Issue, Not Euthanasia

Thursday, 15 October 2020, 6:23 am | Ian Powell

By this Saturday evening we should know the result of the euthanasia referendum held in conjunction with both the general election and cannabis referendum. The euthanasia referendum is unusual in that it is binding and legislation already in place should ... More >>

Campaign To Increase Sick Leave Both Timely And Overdue

Monday, 5 October 2020, 8:48 am | Ian Powell

As someone who has been centrally involved in union leadership for over 30 years I have in recent years been increasingly frustrated by the top leadership of the Council of Trade Unions, the peak union body in New Zealand. While the election of ... More >>

Guided Autocracy: Proposed Health System Reforms In NZ

Friday, 2 October 2020, 4:45 pm | Ian Powell

Ian Powell analyses the Simpson report on NZ’s health system and provides an alternative view on the reforms really needed to achieve a people-centered health system for New Zealand. More >>

Fair Pay Agreements Will Challenge General Practice In New Zealand

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 11:16 am | Ian Powell

Fair Pay Agreements (FPA) are strongly promoted by two of the three current coalition government parties (Labour and Greens). They were a feature of Labour’s 2017 election campaign and it was expected that the Employment Relations Act would have been amended ... More >>

Ian Powell: Does Private Healthcare Threaten Public Healthcare In New Zealand?

Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 12:01 pm | Ian Powell

Is the private health system impacting negatively on the public health system? Health commentator Ian Powell evaluates a recent NZ Herald article by Natalie Akoorie (“Public v private healthcare: Moonlighting, skimming, duplication – should NZ do better”), ... More >>

Rip Cording Canterbury

Thursday, 17 September 2020, 4:21 pm | Ian Powell

In my over 30 years working in New Zealand’s health system I never came across the expression ‘rip cord’ even from the most pretentious jargonistic management consultants. However, it has now appeared on the lips and keyboards at the crisis ... More >>

Perspective Is Critical: Assessing And Improving NZ’s Covid-19 Performance

Friday, 11 September 2020, 5:25 am | Ian Powell

Comparing New Zealand’s elimination approach to the Covid-19 pandemic with the alternatives, the upsides overwhelmingly outweigh the downsides. However, there is much more our ‘liberal technocrat’ Government could be doing to better manage ... More >>

Perspective Is Critical: Assessing And Improving NZ’s Covid-19 Performance

Thursday, 10 September 2020, 4:37 pm | Ian Powell

Comparing NZ’s elimination approach to Covid-19 with the alternatives, the upsides overwhelmingly outweigh the downsides. However, there is more we could be doing to make our system more resilient. More >>

National’s Hospital Rebuild Commitment Lacks Rigour

Wednesday, 9 September 2020, 6:32 pm | Ian Powell

On the election hustings in Hastings current National Party leader Judith Collins committed a National led government to investing between $400 to $500 million in a much needed upgrade to Hawke’s Bay Hospital. The focus would be on the main building ... More >>

Correct Media Analysis Followed By Incorrect Conclusion

Tuesday, 8 September 2020, 4:39 pm | Ian Powell

On 5 September the only New Zealand owned national mainstream print and online media outlet Stuff published an editorial on the toxic relationship between the Ministry of Health and Canterbury District Health Board . As well as online it was also published ... More >>

Unravelling Truths In Canterbury District Health Board Leadership Meltdown Scandal

Monday, 24 August 2020, 6:56 pm | Ian Powell

The more debate continues over a scandal, the more inconvenient truths unravel. The meltdown of the executive leadership (senior management) team at Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) is no exception to this truism. It is now clear that a decision ... More >>

New International Covid-19 Data Revealing

Saturday, 22 August 2020, 5:42 pm | Ian Powell

Since Covid-19 hit the shores of New Zealand in what seems an eternity ago I have faithfully accessed the World Health Organisation’s website for their daily country updates. This has been useful because you can see for each country the confirmed ... More >>

Funding Health Systems After Natural Disasters

Wednesday, 19 August 2020, 4:12 pm | Ian Powell

Had it not been for a fatally wrong political decision by former New Zealand Minister of Health Tony Ryall and the National led government over how best to fund the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) following the devastating Christchurch earthquake in ... More >>

Funding Health Systems After Natural Disasters

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 2:57 pm | Ian Powell

Had it not been for a fatally wrong political decision by former New Zealand Minister of Health Tony Ryall and the National led government over how best to fund the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) following the devastating Christchurch earthquake in ... More >>

Cuba’s Fight Against Covid-19 Is Impressive, Even Compared To NZ’s

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 7:06 pm | Ian Powell

Health commentator Ian Powell – formerly the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – visited Cuba earlier this year, learning about their health system, and says the country has now done extremely well in combating ... More >>

Was Woodhouse Patient Confidentiality Breach Complicity The Tipping Point For Muller’s Resignation?

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 11:27 am | Ian Powell

Was the Woodhouse patient confidentiality breach complicity the tipping point for Muller’s resignation? This Tuesday morning’s shock resignation of Todd Muller after only 53 days as leader of the National Party following his successful but close ... More >>

Beware Babylon Tale

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 11:47 am | Ian Powell

I recall in the early years of my employment as Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, a remarkably astute specialist (and also Chair of the NZ Medical Association at the time), Dr Alister Scott, telling me that specialists ... More >>

Ian Powell: Should DHBs Be The Providers Of Rest Home Care?

Friday, 19 June 2020, 11:16 am | Ian Powell

One of the valuable things about Health & Disability Commission (HDC) decisions (findings) is that interesting experiences are published in a readable manner from which much can be learned. Decisions are specific to their own distinctive circumstances. ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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