If Dr Shane Reti happened to insist the world is not flat, would RNZ see much merit in reporting he had come under fire from flat earthers?
We ask because a recent RNZ report was headed Shane Reti stands firm in face of criticism of Māori health comments
Oh dear. What did he say?
The opening paragraphs inform us:
National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti is under fire for comments he made comparing Māori life expectancy to the 1840s.
It follows his appearance on The Hui where he said the life expectancy for Māori was 30 years in the 1840s but today it is around 73.4 years.
Was Reti really obliged to defend himself, saying he was trying to argue how the life span of Māori has increased over time? Continue reading “Willie Jackson ridiculed Shane Reti on Maori longevity gains – but guess whose numbers were right (and show great progress)?” →
The National Party’s deputy leader and health spokesperson, Shane Reti, popped into the news yesterday because he was promoting a bill before Parliament which aimed to make medicinal cannabis more affordable and accessible.
The Greens Chloe Swarbrick was among the MPs who voted against the bill, among other reasons because …
“It represents a highly pharmaceuticalised, commercial model…”
Does this mean she wants amateur growers to get a slice of the medicinal action? Or gang members?
Reti told RNZ the bill had three key points: cannabis with low THC could be obtained over the counter; it improved the MedSafe consenting process; and the prescribing regime would be pharmacy dispensing, such as in the US.
Moreover, the bill addressed some issues under the current regime, such as tightening up the eligibility of who can manufacture medicinal cannabis.
A key consideration was that two years after the medicinal cannabis law took effect
“ … we have no new affordable products on the shelf and we need to change that really quickly.” Continue reading “Chloe Swarbrick helps scuttle medicinal cannabis bill because it embraces a “pharmaceuticalised commercial model”” →
Claims and counter-claims about racism have been triggered by two lists in the past week.
Elective surgery was at issue with one list. Election prospects were at issue with the other.
Let’s sharpen our scalpels and start with the surgery.
Changes are being made in the Wellington region to a system whereby people placed on a surgical waiting list are treated according to clinical urgency, firstly, and then days waiting on that list.
Clinical urgency is determined using national scoring tools (www.health.govt.nz/nz-health-statistics/data-references/code-tables/national-booking-reporting-system-code-tables). In general the higher the score, the greater the urgency for treatment.
No longer, according to this press statement:
“Capital & Coast and Hutt Valley DHBs are prioritising Maori and Pacific in our surgical scheduling processes. The patients’ ethnicity is taken into account along with their level of clinical urgency and the number of days they have been on the waiting list within a given clinical priority band. Continue reading “Maori can’t be found on Muller’s front-bench list but they are getting priority treatment on a revised surgery list” →
The irony may have escaped most of those who voted Labour in 2017.
Particularly teachers (who reckon the government is penny-pinching in limiting a pay offer to them to $700m over four years). No generosity there — but back in the days of the election campaign Labour was very generous in offering free tertiary fees for first year students.
So how has that worked out?
Finance Minister Grant Robertson revealed this week that in his drive to cull $1bn of low-priority spending, $200m allocated to the fees-free policy in the education vote, but not spent, has been transferred — but no, not to meet the teachers’ demands. It will be devoted to reforms in the vocational education sector. Continue reading “Fees-free policy perhaps attracted more voters to the polls than students to universities” →