The Government has agreed to try to reach a settlement with
care workers over the lack of payment for the time they spend
travelling between clients. The Public Service Association
this week welcomed the decision.
A public meeting in Dunedin about suicide is hopefully the
start of greater co-ordination and leadership of prevention
efforts, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of
Psychiatrists community member Graham Roper says.
An upgrade of day-stay surgery at Dunedin Hospital is likely
to depend on whether funding can be found to refurbish areas
of the hospital, Resident Doctors' Association national
secretary Deborah Powell says.
Wide-reaching functions of Dunedin's National Poisons Centre,
including advising on military and national security matters,
are threatened by a proposal that could cost up to 14 jobs,
centre director Dr Wayne Temple says.
New Zealand is one of two developed countries that allow
direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription-only medicine.
Critics claim a proposed trade deal could make advertising
more worthwhile if drug-buying agency Pharmac is affected.
Health reporter Eileen Goodwin looks at the issue.