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90-day hiring law tipped for expansion

90-day hiring law tipped for expansion
Wellington, July 16 NZPA - The Labour Party says it will repeal any moves by the Government to widen the 90-day trial scheme under which workers can be fired without comeback and to reduce union access to workplaces.

Doctors union blasts ACC proposal

Wellington, June 27 NZPA - A doctors' union has taken exception to a suggestion that doctors should be charged for medical mistakes as a way to try and reduce the ACC levy load on workers and businesses.

Minister must explain plan to keep doctors in NZ - Labour

Minister must explain plan to keep doctors in NZ - Labour
Wellington, June 21 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall must explain what he is doing to stop doctors moving to Australia after recent figures show half of the senior registrars in the last year of training go overseas, Labour MP Ruth Dyson says.

Interim board announced for new health safety commission

Interim board announced for new health safety commission
Wellington, June 11 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced an interim board of a new independent Health Quality and Safety Commission (HQSC). The Government has also disestablished the Quality Improvement Committee.

Ryall defends criticism over health budget

Ryall defends criticism over health budget
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall is defending claims the extra health funding announced in yesterday's budget is way short of what is needed and will place the health system under extreme pressure.

Health professionals warn of cuts in services

Health professionals warn of cuts in services
Wellington, May 21 NZPA - Health professionals are warning of cuts in services, saying they can't be maintained at current levels with the funding provided in the budget.

$555m needed in budget just to keep health afloat

$555m needed in budget just to keep health afloat
Wellington, May 16 NZPA - Health needs an additional $555 million in the budget just to keep up with population growth, ageing, medical advances and staff costs, the Council of Trade Unions says.

Director-General Of Health Says He Was Not Pushed

Director-General Of Health Says He Was Not Pushed
Wellington, March 10 NZPA - The outgoing Director-General of Health, Stephen McKernan, says he is not being pushed from his job.

Government Ignoring Senior Staff In DHB Merger

Wellington Feb 23, NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall has ignored warnings from senior doctors and nurses in deciding to merge the run-down Southland District Health Board (DHBs) with its Otago counterpart, their union says.

National's Claims On Doctor Shortages Disputed By Labour

National's Claims On Doctor Shortages Disputed By Labour
Wellington, Feb 22 NZPA - Labour Party health spokeswoman Ruth Dyson has taken issue with suggestions her party is responsible for New Zealand's shortage of medical specialists getting to such a concerning level.

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