Well, come on, all you big strong men
Fibre optics are here again
We got ourselves in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Green Is Land
Dump all the junk,
and lithium too
Gig city is here for you!
(Someone shoot that gull. Like, I've lost my harmonica,
Hypo, not only do private hospitals not provide emergency
care, the minute things go seriously wrong in a private
hospital, the patient is trasnferred to Dunedin Public. That
is true for maternities and most other surgical issues. Pity
the future poor old punter who will then be forced to wait
for a care flight to Wellington or Auckland.
Yep, when you have a government who think private enterprise
always does better than public servants, we wind up with
debacles such as compass and no real medical care outside
Auckland. Welcome to the free enterprise future.
The commoners should be in private hospitals
if they want good care.
I wonder, keithmcc, if he remembers that private
hospitals don't take accident and emergency patients. And
what about the Golden Hour? Even Invercargill and
Dunedin hospitals are a "long hour" away from many parts of
Otago and Southland. How often are helicopters unable
to operate due to weather and terrain?
Centralisation has many benefits but like "the market knows
best" it's a simple answer to complex problems and as such
should not be touted by shallow thinkers. They take it
on board like it's the One Great Truth applicable in
every situation, and look what a crock-up market worshippers
Advice for Minister Coleman: Don't treat all pain with
2 aspirin, don't fix all machinery with a kick, don't tell
people with tastebuds that Compass food is great, and don't
Dunedin Dave, one would have thought that the University
would be the first place to get gigaspeed!
However the DCC do not own the University or Tunnel Beach, so
cross them off the potential list. But the Green Island tip?
Now that is a tip, the DCC owns it- tick! So back the Green
island Tip to be on the shortlist. It's the tip of the
I wouldn't trust any of the words coming from the minister,
his FIFO money-sucking rebuild committee or the three amigos
currently sucking thousands of dollars a week running the
The government simply doesn't care about Dunedin and thinks
we are overserviced. I believe they think the medical school
would be far better off in Auckland.
The minister has intentionally foisted these groups on SDHB,
all the while complaining that the SDHB is running at a
massive loss. Their only fix is remove services. If a few
people die while going to Wellington or Auckland for care
then so what? The commoners should be in private hospitals if
they want good care. [Abridged]
Councillors are allowed to ask questions at meetings but they
are not allowed to cross-examine staff. Genuine questions
seek an answer as yet unknown, whereas cross-examination is
designed to create an effect on an audience.
Quoting from a web
comment about cross-examination: Trial lawyers have
an old saying: "You never ask a question on cross examination
to which you do not know the answer to." .... The answer
could damage your entire case. When you cross-examine a
witness at trial, you're asking very specific, pointed
questions. You are asking leading questions. You do not give
the witness an opportunity to explain. You ask questions that
call for yes or no answers or true or false answers. The
specific questions you ask are designed to elicit certain
answers. It is almost as if you are testifying by the type of
questions you are asking. (ends)
Cross-examination can look very impressive and dramatic. It's
supposed to. It's engaged in for making a case. Councillors
may try it because it's the only way they can think of to get
a discussion they believe is important into the public arena,
as generally only the Mayor and the committee chairs have the
power to set agendas. Councillors may also feel frustrated
that important issues may be explained and discussed only at
non-public workshops, something which is arguably contrary to
the legal requirement to conduct all of the council's
business in public, not just the limited formal
decision-making aspect of it.
Another limitation on questions is that councillors may not
digress from agenda items. Meetings have to be publicly
advertised in advance so anyone interested can know what is
going to be discussed and has the opportunity to come and
watch. If the meeting didn't strictly limit itself to the
advertised agenda items, this transparency wouldn't exist.
If a councillor is not allowed to continue with a question,
either by a chair's ruling or a point of order made by
another councillor, it would be jumping to conclusions to
assume that any kind of cover up is necessarily going on.
That possibility does, indeed, exist. However, it might
instead be a matter of astute political grandstanding,
sometimes rather tough on council staff who are there to give
information only, not opinions, and can be awkwardly tangled
up by councillors willing and clever enough to outwit them.
Getting the balance right between achieving good answers to
genuine questions and checking political game-playing depends
on the ability, patience and tact of the meeting chair.
Looking annoyed and muttering something like, "You don't have
to answer that," as Mayor Cull has so often done, may be
giving a far more sinister appearance than is really
Universities that have vibrant medical schools, such as
Otago, are at the forefront of new ideas. The University of
Queensland was able to generate $180 million per annum for
Australia, CSL and the university through patenting and
licensing Gardasil. The nexus between Otago University and
the hospital should be cherished and fostered. This is the
very thing that NZ should be encouraging in order to promote
smart developments and economic benefits based on intellect.
Otago University should be at the forefront of
commercialising new developments. It has yet to realise this
potential. It should not be cut short at this stage.
The university has demonstrated success in working with
industry - Cadbury is a first-rate example.There are many
Please, all parties, take a serious look at the value that
could be generated from continuing, and continuing to build,
a close relationship between university and hospital.