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Open letter to Waikato DHB Member to Chair regarding handling of CEO’s expenses

By   /  October 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

I am concerned at your reported comments in the media – particularly those in the Waikato Times –  where you are reported to have stated that you “have the full confidence of the Board”, in relation to the issues arising from the CEO’s expenses, As this issue was not raised with the full Board, there is no basis for you saying this, and it is not accurate.

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Statement by Waikato DHB Board member Dave Macpherson regarding the latest reported death of a baby at Waikato Hospital

By   /  September 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  4 Comments

Like many other New Zealanders tonight, I viewed the TVNZ News story of the family who lost their baby while under the care of Waikato Hospital with a mixture of sadness, horror and embarrassment. Sadness, that ANY family had to go through that experience – my own family knows what it is like to lose […]

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How Dangerous Is Mould To Your Family?

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Jessie Hume, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  63 Comments

We have a right to an honest appraisal of mould from our health authorities; this means an honest attempt for them to make homes safe and published information on how to use our own resources to best protect our families

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Gardasil does not cause sex

By   /  March 16, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

The Gardasil vaccine is only sexualised because you have sexualised it in your own brain. It is you who are thinking like this. Your daughter isn’t.

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CEO pay rises show health system is upside down

By   /  January 17, 2015  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

I’m only one of tens of thousands of Kiwi’s with chronic medical issues who have the above experience in some way on a frequent basis, many in the SDHB catchment. And our realities matter, because we are the ones who are ‘served’ by this huge and broken system.

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Cooking The Medical Books: Citizens suffer in stoical silence so National can keep taxes low.

By   /  November 8, 2014  /  Chris Trotter, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

FUDGING THE FIGURES is what governments do when effective policy solutions are ruled off the table. According to Radio NZ News: “New research shows nearly 40 percent of patients who need hip and knee operations in at least two district health boards are not getting them because of budget restrictions.

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Health budget needs $500 million in new money to avoid cuts

By   /  May 14, 2014  /  CTU, Raw News, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Health budget needs $500 million in new money to avoid cuts

Source: CTU – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Health budget needs $500 million in new money to avoid cuts Vote Health will need to increase by $499 million in this year’s Budget just to maintain the current levels of service. This is one of the key findings of a pre-Budget analysis of government health expenditure prepared by […]

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The New Epidemic: the rise of female drinking

By   /  April 7, 2014  /  Chloe King, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

“Hang out in the brightly lit rooms of AA, or in coffee shops, talking to dozens of women who have given up drinking, and this is the conclusion you come to: for most, booze is a loan shark, someone they trusted for a while, came to count on, before it turned ugly.”

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The Christchurch Housing Crisis

By   /  April 2, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  10 Comments

In late February Gerry Brownlee said on CTV show Lynched that there is no housing crisis. He went on to define a crisis as “something that requires urgent attention”. So does that mean that Gerry Brownlee believes housing in Christchurch does not require urgent attention?

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What do we want? Co-ordinated Care! Accessing health care for chronic disabilities

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Rachael Goldsmith, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

We want to be believed when we explain what’s going on with our bodies. We want assistance for what we have, not what people want to be wrong with us. And we want to live as fulfilled and active a life as possible, without the unnecessary anxiety and sense of helplessness that is having to go to a place where we may or may not be believed and get real assistance.

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