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May 2016

RECENT EVENTS: NREG, NZRDA Education Trust Meeting, Ministry of Health Symposium on Health Technology, National Executive Meeting, MECA Bargaining, Press Release) about the SDHB’s Change in Meal Provider.

This issue is about Delegate Training 2016, Meet your delegates, Conference leave entitlements for senior regs, Participants wanted for sports medicine study.

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February 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Annual General Meeting, MECA Bargaining, Website.

This issue is about Meet your delegates, Reimbursement of training costs, Reimbursement of training costs, The right to strike in NZ.

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December 2015

This year’s influenza season, officially declared over in September, was roughly on par with that in 2012. Despite this winter being far from the pandemic we experienced in 2009 its impact was worse than both the 2013 and 2014 flu seasons. The Canterbury region was the worst hit reaching epidemic levels of people needing medical consultation especially during August. Influenza claimed the lives of 5 New Zealanders this year.

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November 2015

THE FLU VACCINATION AND MANDATORY MASK WEARING This winter flu rates reached epidemic levels across New Zealand and during this period the DHBs approached all of you to get vaccinated. Most of you will now be aware that Waikato DHB chose to enforce mandatory mask wearing amongst its non-vaccinated staff. A handful of employees were […]

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August 2015

THE BULLYING CULTURE OF RESIDENT DOCTORS Recently, an article called “Let’s stop the bullying of trainee doctors – for patients’ sake” summarised an Australian’s ABC television expose “At Their Mercy: The bullying and bastardisation of young doctors in our hospitals” which aired in Australia on the 25th of May. The controversial comments made earlier this […]

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May 2015

The Public Release of (Your) Medical Performance Data… Should the medical profession be more open about a doctor’s track record? An issue which has received recent media attention is whether a doctor’s record should be made available to the New Zealand public in order to achieve greater transparency. The MCNZ is currently encouraging those with […]

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April 2015

Influenza Immunisation Survey Results In Issue 22 of the RDA NEWS we included a piece called ‘Tis the Flu season’ which discussed the seriousness of influenza and the importance of immunisation amongst doctors and other healthcare workers. Winter is fast approaching and shortly the DHBs will be seeking to get staff immunised! A survey was […]

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March 2015

When should doctors start to perform night duty? Introduction When should newly qualified doctors be able to start to perform night duty? This is an issue the NZRDA has been concerned with for some time now. Starting to perform night duty promptly after finishing medical school raises a number of health and safety issues. It […]

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August 2013

MCNZ elections Whilst our attention has been somewhat focused on MECA negotiations, the upcoming MCNZ elections have not gone un-noticed. The right to elect doctors to the medical council, has not always been a “given” and indeed many regulatory authorities such as the nursing council still have no one elected from the profession amongst their […]

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April 2013

Passing on The vexatious issue of passing on raised its head again in 2012 and early 2013 with the 3 Auckland DHBs, Canterbury and most recently Waikato passing on the terms and conditions NZRDA secured for members, to nonmembers. So what is “passing on”? This refers to employers who “pass on” terms and conditions negotiated […]