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Help us track the flu
The Ministry of Health is pleased to bring the online FluTracking initiative to Aotearoa New Zealand for the second year, tracking the flu so we can help you. FluTrackers are emailed a questionnaire each week that takes less than 10 seconds to complete, asking whether they’ve had a cough or fever during the past week.
Letter from Andrew Connolly – 18/01/2019
The Medical Council of New Zealand (Council) is required to protect public health and safety. Although Council does not see industrial disputes to be within its mandate, Council is concerned that ongoing industrial action may negatively impact public health and safety. Therefore, it is timely for me as the Chair of Council to express concern...
Handover is a crucial part of patient care to ensure continuity and to provide the best possible and safe care to patients. However, as times change and service demands increase, it is easy for this process to become rushed or to lose sight of who should be involved. NZRDA led a significant piece of work in 2007 that saw markedly improved handover. However, with the passage of time and increase workloads since then, improved awareness of the handover process and how it ought to be conducted may be necessary.
The case of Dr Bawa-Garba
On 28 January 2018 the English High Court released its decision to de-register Dr Hadiza Bawa-Garba, a paediatric trainee, who had been convicted of manslaughter by gross negligence. The decision has shaken the UK medical profession. Although we operate under different legal parameters and clinical settings in New Zealand, this decision should nonetheless serve as a wake-up call to NZ resident doctors.