Monday 29 October 2012, 3:50PM
In the letter "In defence of midwives and midwifery", NZ College of Midwives chief executive Karen Guilliland wrote: "There is a fee of $300 plus GST for this service". Ms Guilliland has subsequently corrected this to read: "There is a fee of $113 excluding GST for this service (without miscarriage, threatened miscarriage, or termination) and $154 (with miscarriage, threatened miscarriage, or termination)"
Monday 29 October 2012, 10:14AM
A highly valued nurse is retiring from Marsden Medical Centre early next year but no nurse has been made redundant, GP and partner in the practice Jim Lello says. We reported the loss of one nurse position (New Zealand Doctor, 24 October) based on comments from Dr Lello that were misheard. He emphasises: "One of the ramifications we had from Care Plus funding cuts by Procare is a restructuring of our chronic care nursing team. We are not making positions redundant."
Thursday 25 October 2012, 11:56AM
Changes have been made to "Beware of collaboration: Commerce Commission" (>>nzdoctor.co.nz, 'News', 24 October).
In the initial version of the story, nzdoctor.co.nz reported that it had asked the Commerce Commission if any complaints had been received from practices regarding the Very Low Cost Access Scheme or fees review. It was then reported that to the commission's knowledge, it had not received any such complaints.
This was incorrect. The question put to the commission was whether any investigations had been undertaken or recommendations made around practice mergers or the VLCA scheme.
We apologise for any confusion caused by the error.
Thursday 13 September 2012, 9:50AM
In my latest editorial I wrongly referred to health minister Tony Ryall as also holding the state services portfolio. Mr Ryall was once minister for states services but is now minister for state-owned enterprises. This was a silly error given that I was writing about Mr Ryall's workload relating to the state-owned assets sales. I have to admit in my mind the two portfolios had rolled into one. My apologies for any confusion this has caused.
Thursday 06 September 2012, 3:18PM
Changes have been made to the article "CCDHB on track with savings: CEO, 29 August, In Print"
Originally the article reported: “On the Government's 1 July elective surgery target of no patients waiting longer than six months, the DHB fell 0.5 per cent short, Mrs Bonner says.”
This has been changed to: On the Government's 1 July elective surgery target of no patients waiting longer than six months, the DHB fell short by 68 patients as of the end of June, Mrs Bonner says.
Originally it reported: At the same time, 943 extra procedures were carried out during the year.
According to the CCDHB this figure is incorrect. In 2011/12 the CCDHB completed 7866 electives, only 38 more than the target. In 2010/11 it completed 7670, which was 239 more than the target. Overall the CCDHB did 196 more electives in 2011/12 compared with 2010/11.
Wednesday 15 August 2012, 3:18PM
In the l5 August issue we have accidentally run an old entry for the Conference for General Practice with the incorrect date. We apologise profusely for this mistake. Here is a link to the conference programme page
Thursday 24 May 2012, 3:55PM
This article originally stated that $79 million was coming out of public health service purchasing on the next four years. This was incorrect. Approximately $79 million is coming out of public health service purchasing over five years and the figure includes $31.8 million of underspending in the current year. Sorry for the error.
Wednesday 23 May 2012, 12:35PM
Originally this story stated high needs patients would receive two hours of free consultation time - this fact was taken from a draft document and is incorrect. Apologies to Midlands Health Network for this error.
Monday 19 March 2012, 4:58PM
A new survey form the University of Auckland is not out to “test GPs’ knowledge about depression”, as our headline in the 14 March issue implies. Rather, the researchers are interested in GPs’ views on depression, the therapies available, how effective these are and any other interventions people might access. We apologise if the headline caused confusion and hope GPs take the opportunity to take part. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/generalpractitioners
Monday 19 March 2012, 3:33PM
The Commerce Commission's decision is expected by 30 March, not 15 March as earlier reported. Apologies for any confusion.
Wednesday 22 February 2012, 1:38PM
Have you ever been caught out by the Track Changes feature in your Word program. Well it has happened to us for what we believe to be the first time. In our “Health Sector Players, your pull out and keep A–Z guide” last issue two of the boxes contained mistakes, caused by deleted material appearing later in the production process. We are really sorry about this as it does mess up what we think is a very useful resource. Please cut out the boxes below and stick them into your copies of the A–Z guide. Thanks and sorry, editor
General Practice New Zealand
Purpose: Formed from the union of IPAC and the General Practice Nursing Alliance in June 2010, General Practice New Zealand’s stated purpose is to shape the future of healthcare for the benefit of individuals and communities by realising the potential of general practice networks and teams. The organisation wants to see "a vibrant general practice at the heart of a world class, patient-focused healthcare system".
Fiona Thomson, Wellington
Chair and executive director
Bev O’Keefe, Wellington
Deputy chair and executive director (nursing)
Shelley Frost, Christchurch
Members of executive*
Martin Seers (Pegasus Health)
Peter Didsbury (ProCare Health)
Richard Tyler (Compass Health)
John Gemming (Western Bay of Plenty PHO)
Des Epp (RAPHS/RGPG)
Ros Rowarth (RAPHS/RGPG; representing the GPNZ Nursing Leadership Group)
Ron Hooton (ProCare Health; representing the GPNZ CEO group)
Kevin Smith (PMAANZ; representing GPNZ practice managers)
* Can be contacted via GPNZ on 04-473 9166
PHO Performance Programme Governance Group
Purpose: To provide governance for the PHO Performance Programme. PHO representatives are appointed by PHO groups while provider representatives are selected by the General Practice Leaders Forum.
07-579 8550, 021-473 421
Harley Aish (General Practice Leaders Forum)
Bev O’Keefe (GPLF)
Shelley Frost (GPLF)
Harry Pert (GPLF)
John Macaskill-Smith (Midland Health Network Trust)
Andrew Swanson-Dobbs (Nelson Bays PHO)
Justine Thorpe (Wellington South East and City PHO)
Dr Yaw Moh (National Hauora Coalition)
Jon Shapleski (DHB Shared Services)
Jim Primrose (Ministry of Health)
Andrew Lesperance (DHB)
Jocelyn Tracey (PPP advisory group chair, ex officio)
Serena Curtis-Lemuelu (DHBSS, ex officio)