Real hospital data doesn’t quite match government spin

The country’s DHBs are on average falling shy of five out of six targets set by the Ministry of Health – but one target has seen a 14 per cent increase over the latest quarter.

In the January to March period this year, only the improved access to elective surgery target was met, with DHBs on average increasing the volume of elective surgeries by 4000 discharges per year.

However in many cases targets were close to being met, and a small number of underperforming DHBs could bring the average down for the rest.

Compared with last quarter, half of the target categories – reduced emergency department stays, faster cancer treatment and better help for smokers to quit – remained the same.

Some nice wins in other areas however   Read more »

Power imbalances make workplaces toxic

No matter how friendly you may be with your employer, no matter how well you know them, the insecurity and power imbalance created by the lack of an official contract is always going to turn the workplace toxic eventually. A contract gives an employee or contractor security and certainty. It also gives them protection.

Without a contract no matter how good the relationship a serious power imbalance has been created.

A woman who told her boss he could “shove” her job has been awarded $40,000 by the Employments Relations Authority.

Nicole Hannah was working at Quality Consumables where she had an argument with director Allan McCormick over wage arrears.

Hannah’s partner, Marc Johnson, had been friends with McCormick for 33 years.

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Students. Who wants them?

Guest post
Who are the thousands getting Student Visas?

Between July 2011 and March 2017, there were 235,897 applications with an approval rate of 88%.

The majority, 75% of these were full fee paying students with another 12% dependants of those on another visa such as a worker’s visa. The rest are either on scholarship i.e. foreign exchange students or have applied through Section 61 as you can see in the table above.
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Craig v Slater Day 11 (media roundup)

Photo: Chris McKeen via Stuff

As predicted on Friday, yesterday delivered a plot twist that nobody saw coming.   Colin Craig’s lawyer was the one that phoned Cameron Slater and hinted that she had a client that was also legally involved with Colin Craig.  Could she please see all the evidence Whaleoil held thus far so she could use it for her client.

But she did not disclose her client was Colin Craig.   There is more to this, but this is a post to summarise the media.   Read more »

Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the Day

Don’t you know who I am?

No Aaron.

I think the answer was much more simple than that.

They knew who you are.

Word of the day

The word for today is…

pedantic (adj) – Characterised by a narrow, often ostentatious concern for academic knowledge and formal rules

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Formed in English circa 1600, from pedant + -ic. The French equivalent is pédantesque. Perhaps first attested in John Donne’s “Sunne Rising,” where he bids the morning sun let his love and him linger in bed, telling it, “Sawcy pedantique wretch, goe chide Late schooleboyes.”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23

10 Don’t cheat your neighbor by moving the ancient boundary markers;
don’t take the land of defenseless orphans.

Monday nightCap

Do Two Wongs make a right?