The way is being paved for our doctors to examine the gizzards of Oz (and their other bits)

January 8, 2010

Kiwis are probably giving Health Minister Tony Ryall a big hurrah, on learning he will be talking to his Australian counterpart, Nicola Roxon, about her Government’s plans to make it easier for New Zealand doctors to work wherever they like in her country.

The doctor shortage being what it is, we can’t afford to have too many of the buggers taking off across the ditch to prod, poke and prescribe for patients there.

On the other hand, we can’t complain too much about the Aussies pinching our doctors when we are doing our damndest to pinch doctors from other countries, too.

According to the Herald, Ryall has been advised that the impact on the New Zealand medical workforce would be slight. But –

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Lady copper earns rebuke

April 28, 2009

Gotta strike a blow for elderly people tonight and shout enthusiastic support for the Age Concern national president Liz Baxendine. Way to go, Liz.

Her hackles were raised by a Rolleston policewoman’s criticism of older drivers and doctors after an older woman’s “minor” car accident. She described the lady copper’s remarks as “inappropriate”.

Maybe the accident was not too minor. The elderly motorist did plough through six suburban fences.

But hey. Give her a break. It could have been Alf’s mum.
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Brits opt for compulsory fat checks

April 7, 2009

Looks like the Nanny State in Britain is cranking up its assault on fatties.

Everyone aged between 40 and 74 will be called in to their GP for a ‘fat test’ and prescribed weight management and exercise if they are found to be overweight, under a new Government drive on obesity.

The checks will involve taking height and weight measurements and plotting body mass index .

The NHS Health Checks aim to identify an individual’s risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and kidney disease with a personal assessment and tailored advice.

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