The Daily Blog Open Mic – Wednesday – 29th January 2020


Announce protest actions, general chit chat or give your opinion on issues we haven’t covered for the day.

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  1. Just a wee moan about programs that drive content on-line. I was trying to highlight so I could then copy some info on a government site – the CFFC, Commission For Financial Capability. Couldn’t highlight and carry out this simple and useful practice and don’t know why.

  2. Incredibly sad reading of a broken maternity system.

    What is doesn’t add is that the NZ maternity system was gutted in the 1980’s and continuing to save money with extensive marketing along the way to say how great this was going to be.

    How that working, there is no choice for obtaining a midwife or obstetrician, no specialists in the hospitals, no local hospitals capable of doing complicated maternity, equipment not working because they don’t get fixed or maintained properly, healthy babies dying in a so called world class NZ maternity system. Then it takes 3 years to even investigate and provide a report from the watchdogs who do nothing but push paper around for years and take the debate away from solving the growing issues.

    This has been happening for years! Nothing done!

    “struggled to find a lead maternity carer (LMC) when she became pregnant in 2015.

    “I phoned around to see whoever was available and it was very difficult. We were quite desperate. All the people recommended by friends were completely booked out. I pretty much went with the last people available.”

    “The obstetrician said she was not aware hyper-variability in CTG tracing results indicated fetal distress, and did not take a fetal blood sample because there were issues with the hospital’s lactate monitoring machines. (Lactate concentrations in the fetal blood can indicate oxygenation status in the baby.)”

    “She left to try to locate the obstetrician in an office nearby, but found it empty because the obstetrician had been called to the emergency department.

    “I returned to Mrs Toyoshima’s room, but wanted to get help. In retrospect, I should have rung the emergency bell again at this time.”

    At 10.03pm, she paged the obstetrics and gynaecology team, who arrived two minutes later.

    The obstetrician said she did not start treatment to relax the uterus to reduce the stress on the baby caused by contractions because “it was not routine practice at Hutt Hospital at the time of this case and no guideline, or medication, was available”.

    With the labour ward staffing “minimal”, and delivery now so urgent, the obstetrician said she pushed Ruth’s bed to theatre herself.

    Ellie Toyoshima was delivered at 10.34pm and had to be resuscitated by a senior house officer.

    The house officer asked a Special Care Baby Unit nurse to attend, but no one was available because “it was in the middle of handover”.

    A paediatrician and another senior house officer arrived 30 minutes later and took over the resuscitation. By phone, a Wellington Hospital neonatologist advised that Ellie should be intubated, but efforts to do so failed because of the baby’s strong cough reflex.

    She was transferred by ambulance to Wellington Hospital at 2.30am, without her parents.”

    Also 3 years to get the report from health and disability? If it takes them 3 years to do their job then seems like they need someone to monitor and censor the watchdogs.

    Health and disability is broken just like all the other so called investigative departments in NZ that take years to do their jobs, then eventually find no responsibility, often in mistake ridden reports, but no action on all the collective mistakes from a broken system that is getting worse.

  3. More outrage over satire… The powerful are more up in arms about satire and trying to stop freedom of speech in other countries media, than working out how to stop killing people with new viruses (that often come from poor animal practises, aka mad cow disease crossing over species from feeding pork to cows and the controvirus was probably from eating bats at a wild animal market.

    • Channel 4 in UK under fire. Particularly since they represented the UK PM with a block of ice.
      Matthew Parrish from the UK on Radionz is interesting. Included in his broadcast is the word ‘courteous’ which I think is an important word for today. – 12.03 mins

      I expect that Radionz will become of lesser value when the Cabinet idiots draw all the media into one neat bin on wheels like my recycling bin. All ready to be moved off to new locations, directions, etc. These will be dictated by the starry-eyed television types who will dominate and love looking at themselves and the exciting things that the middle-class trend setters want. Listening and learning are secondary to such a culture. Bang goes the intellectual neighbourhood and this is what we will get; The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority…

      And as we listen and learn what we can, in our days, move around our communities, sit at our screens and hear the latest possible facts and the opinions about which are facts or not and try to ensure a ‘good’ election year;
      …Uncertain and afraid As the clever hopes expire Of a low dishonest decade: Waves of anger and fear
      Circulate over the bright And darkened lands of the earth, Obsessing our private lives;
      The unmentionable odour of death Offends the September night

      Thank you W H Auden 1907-1973
      And those who care about and support the continuing vision of a pleasant, responsible and fair New Zealand of busy people doing good stuff, respecting each other and being courteous as much as possible, must actively keep our spirits up.

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