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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 >>

Funding General Practice In New Zealand

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 3:32 pm | Ian Powell

Universal public healthcare in New Zealand was enabled by new ground-breaking social security legislation in 1938 under the first Labour government. It has been the foundation for our health system ever since aside from a failed ideological market experiment ... More >>

Canterbury And Cardiff & Vale: What Some Don’t What To Know About

Saturday, 19 June 2021, 4:52 pm | Ian Powell

The King's Fund is an independent thinktank focussing on the health system in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1897 it is a non-government organisation and charity that actively publishes research and analyses as well as organising conferences and other ... More >>

Slogans And Sound-bytes Don’t Make A Collective Bargaining Strategy; Ask New Zealand’s Nurses

Monday, 14 June 2021, 2:08 pm | Ian Powell

Originally published at https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/06/14/slogans-and-sound-bytes-dont-make-a-collective-bargaining-strategy-ask-new-zealands-nurses/ The Labour government’s ‘strategy’ for collective bargaining between district health boards (DHBs) and the various health unions can best be described as a slogan. ... More >>

Ian Powell: Lessons For NZ From Cuba, The Covid-19 Vaccine Powerhouse?

Friday, 11 June 2021, 9:39 am | Ian Powell

What can New Zealand learn from Cuba about fighting Covid-19? Plenty, especially in terms of producing vaccines, according to Health commentator Ian Powell . As the Medical Director for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners Dr Bryan ... More >>

A Fleeting Health System Consensus

Sunday, 23 May 2021, 4:02 pm | Ian Powell

Last week I published in the Victorian University hosted Democracy Project the second part of a two-article series of the escalating clash between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) in the context of the recovery ... More >>

Early Health System Initiatives: Elk City, Saskatchewan And Kurow

Friday, 21 May 2021, 5:15 am | Ian Powell

Last year I read a fascinating article published by the monthly Le Monde Diplomatique on early health system initiatives in the United States’ Elk City and Canada’s Saskatchewan province https://mondediplo.com/2020/08/02populism-expertise . This ... More >>

Improving Income Support Critical For Improving Health System

Sunday, 16 May 2021, 5:42 pm | Ian Powell

Minister of Health Andrew Little claimed that his recently announced health restructuring was bold. But it was only bold in the sense that whiteboard warriors are bold. Sitting behind this embellished claim is the unacknowledged view that structural change drives ... More >>

Pay Freezes, Health Systems And Medical Specialists

Monday, 10 May 2021, 10:50 am | Ian Powell

What has a pay freeze got to do with a universal public health system? Actually quite a lot. Health systems, especially public hospitals which handle the more complex and urgent cases that the rest of the system can’t fix, are by their very nature ... More >>

Pharmac's Welcome Transparency Highlights Need For Real Bold Government Action

Sunday, 2 May 2021, 4:56 pm | Ian Powell

The Pharmaceutical Management Agency (known as Pharmac) is a crown entity that decides, on behalf of New Zealand’s district health boards (DHBs), which medicines and pharmaceutical products are subsidised for use in the community and public hospitals (I use the ... More >>

It’s Just Not Cricket (nor Olympian For That Matter)

Thursday, 29 April 2021, 1:01 pm | Ian Powell

Originally Published at https://otaihangasecondopinion.wordpress.com/2021/04/29/its-just-not-cricket-nor-olympian-for-that-matter/ I’m what’s known as a cricket nut (or cricket tragic as some cruelly say). I played cricket for well over 40 years at school and in Wellington, Christchurch and ... More >>

District Health Board Considers Directly Employing General Practitioners

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 4:52 pm | Ian Powell

Like almost every economically developed country outside the ‘Disunited States’, New Zea­land has a universal health system that endeavours to be accessible for all, comprehensive, high quality and affordable. The country is well placed to achieve ... More >>

Health Minister Little Gives Thoughtful Keynote Speech… But

Sunday, 28 March 2021, 5:22 pm | Ian Powell

Last Thursday (25 March) I was interviewed live on Radio New Zealand’s The Panel about a keynote address the previous day by Minister of Health Andrew Little on the implementation of the review of the health and disability system led by Heather Simpson. ... More >>

Very Good Fluoridation Political Call, Dr Verrall

Sunday, 21 March 2021, 2:35 pm | Ian Powell

Infectious diseases specialist Dr Ayesha Verrall was a surprise cabinet appointment being a first-time MP. Despite the rarity she’s not mucking around. This is evidenced by her legislative proposal, as Associate Minister of Health, to shift decision-making ... More >>

Pointer To Government Rethinking On District Health Boards?

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 3:00 pm | Ian Powell

On 4 March I blogged on Otaihanga Second Opinion about recent indications that the Government was rethinking its position on one of the two main pillars of the structural overhaul of New Zealand’s health and disability system recommended by the Heather ... More >>

Health System At Risk By Government Abdicating Leadership Of Simpson Review Implementation To Business Consultants

Sunday, 14 March 2021, 5:51 pm | Ian Powell

The Government is putting the health system at risk by abdicating the leadership duties and responsibilities of its Health Transition Unit to external business consultants. The Unit is based in the Prime Minister’s Department and is responsible for the ... More >>

DHB Deficit Drivers

Sunday, 7 March 2021, 5:54 pm | Ian Powell

On 1 March 2021 Minister of Health Andrew Little was reported by the Otago Daily Times giving Southern District Health Board (SDHB) a stern message over its high deficit level. The Minister’s implied message was clear that SDHB was largely responsible ... More >>

Taking The Threat To New Zealand’s Health System Out Of Simpson

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 4:40 pm | Ian Powell

On 23 February I had a lengthy article on the Heather Simpson review of New Zealand’s health and disability system published online by the Democracy Project . https://democracyproject.nz/2021/02/23/ian-powell-rescuing-simpson-from-simpson/ The essence of my article was that the Simpson review’s proposed major overhaul ... More >>