New Zealand’s ‘World Class Health System” Falling Apart?

New Zealand is presented often as having a ‘world class’ health system, however it is underfunded and understaffed, with some regions suffering from a severe lack of medical specialists. By April 2015, according to the World Health Organisation, New Zealand health system ranked 41st in the world, behind Singapore at 6th, the UK at 18th, Australia at 32nd,…

Migrant Tales – The Nurse’s Story

Continuing in our series of Migrant Tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale was sent to us by a registered nurse who came over from Australia. The author tells of registration stuff-ups, the job being over-sold, under-staffing putting professional reputations at serious risk and how New Zealand is…

New Zealand Government Accused of Data Cleansing

Ian Powell, executive director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, has accused the New Zealand government of data cleansing after it emerged that almost 200,000 thousand people are being kept off elective surgery waiting lists. According to an article published by Stuff, Mr Powell said “there was a “de facto” waiting list of “those…