Opinions / Views

As a candidate for the Capital and Coast DHB I pay particular attention to health stories or articles in the media. Here are a few to draw to your attention

DHB FINANCIAL DEFICITS

By David Shand | September 25, 2019

DHB deficits are apparently set to expand to about $500 million per annum – out of a total health budget of about $20 billion. The Capital and Coast DHB had an operating deficit of $18 million in 2017/18 which was “within budget”. Surprisingly there is no further discussion on this issue in the 2017/18 annual…

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DENTAL CARE – THE MISSING AND NEGLECTED PART OF OUR HEALTH SYSTEM

By David Shand | September 25, 2019

For dental care we are (almost) on our own – apart from CCDHB programs for young people up to the age of 18. Dentists are not treated as doctors. There is no direct financial assistance for visiting a dentist or having remedial work undertaken. Major dental work for crowns and bridges etc can cost thousands…

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USING MOTELS FOR PATIENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY

By David Shand | September 25, 2019

Bed occupancy rates for Capital and Coast DHB in the 12 months to July reached 90 percent and above for most of the year. Of course given the unpredictability of some admissions, which include those from outside the region, 100 percent occupancy is not desirable – some reserve in bed numbers is always required. Lack…

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT ALSO MATTER

By David Shand | September 25, 2019

A Hawkes Bay man’s cancer was misdiagnosed. He has kidney cancer. That is bad news. He is asked to fly up to Auckland hospital for a full diagnosis. Does he need chemotherapy or is a liver transplant possible? But when he gets there he waits 4 hours before he is told there is no record…

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Future Shake Up of our Health Services – David’s Views

By David Shand | September 12, 2019

There is no doubt that a major shake up is coming – and the CCDHB will need to be ready for this. There will be major governance changes, to which I believe I could contribute. Every day the media presents stories of the way in which the health service is failing. Maori and Pasifika and…

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