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Cranford vs PSEC

April 30, 2010

Here’s the plain reality. Each day that Presbyterian Support (PSEC) remains in charge of Cranford Hospice adds one more day of delay to the time Cranford can be successfully operated. Because the recruiting of medical staff must be preceded by the recruitment of a competent management team. What everyone fondly perceives as “Cranford Hospice” must […]

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Cranford audit released

April 28, 2010

The DHB today released the independent audit of clinical practices and organizational health at Cranford. Here’s the basic conclusion (download full report): “…the status quo at Cranford Hospice is not a viable option. While the standard of care to patients has not been detrimentally impacted by the dysfunction resulting from the change management process to […]

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Co-governance in HB’s future

April 27, 2010

A legislative Bill providing for “co-management” of the Waikato River by a joint committee of Waikato regional councillors and appointed Maori representatives is progressing through Parliament, receiving its second reading. According to NZ Farmer’s Weekly, the measure is a “done deal” with both National and Labour supporting the approach. The Bill signals the approach likely […]

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Alcohol’s price in Hawke’s Bay

April 27, 2010

$5.4 million! According to DHB’s Dr Caroline McElnay, that’s the estimated annual cost of treating alcohol-related hospital admissions in Hawke’s Bay. And ACC claims for alcohol-related injuries in HB account for another estimated $19 million. Of course, you and I pay those bills through our taxes. At a forum sponsored by Alcohol Action Hawke’s Bay, […]

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Planning vs Doing

April 25, 2010

I caught up on some Council reading this weekend, in anticipation of Council meetings coming up, key submission due dates, and articles in preparation for the May BayBuzz Digest. As I sorted through the stack of meeting agendas, background memos and reports, draft annual plans etc, what struck me was the amount of Councils’ energy […]

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What to do about booze?

April 23, 2010

The Law Commission has been preparing recommendations for Government to consider when it overhauls liquor laws later this year. Extensive public consultation has been undertaken by the Commission, which will release its report next Tuesday. Various media have reported “leaks” of some of the measures that will be recommended. They include: a 50 percent hike […]

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Do we need a Regional Council?

April 22, 2010

If you believe in “checks and balances” in government, where bodies with one strong set of incentives and motives need to “checked” by bodies with a different mandate or set of values, then the answer would have to be a strong ‘Yes’. Here’s an illustration. Today the Hastings Council Joint Maori Committee is meeting to […]

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