Destinesia – memory loss which strikes people on arriving somewhere and forgetting why they are there and/or what they went to get.
The board has until Thursday to respond to Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman’s proposal to consider appointing a commissioner under the New Zealand Public Health and Disability Act, it was revealed yesterday.
A commissioner would have the powers and functions of the board, except for procedural aspects relating to meetings, a letter from Dr Coleman to chairman Joe Butterfield says.
”Based on the board’s previous history of failure to deliver on its annual plan expectations, I do not have confidence that the current governance arrangements are suitable for overseeing the strategic plan or delivering on the changes required in Southern DHB,” he wrote. . .
The SDHB might not like this but the boards of the smaller hospitals it funds will be relieved.
The proposed action follows months of uncertainty after Dr Coleman confirmed in February he wanted to replace Mr Butterfield with a new chairman, but no appointment was made.
In the meantime, proposed cuts to head off a projected $42million deficit in 2015-16 met opposition and put pressure on Dr Coleman and local National MPs.
About 1700 people attended meetings in Central Otago last month to protest against possible reductions to Dunstan Hospital services.
George Berry, chair of Waitaki District Health Services said the proposed cuts would result in a serious downgrade of Oamaru Hospital.
The cuts to funding of Oamaru, Dunstan, Balclutha and Gore hospitals would be serious for them and make only a small difference to the SDHB’s deficit.
They’d also add to costs in Dunedin Hospital when patients unable to be treated locally were transferred to the city.
I was deputy chair of WDHS from its formation in 1998 until 2005.
It and the boards of the other rural hospitals have had an on-going struggle to get their fair share of funds and the financial situation of the SDHB has deteriorated.
Sacking the board and replacing it with a commissioner is a serious step but one which must be taken for the security of health services in the south.
The Flag Consideration Panel is inviting people to upload designs for a new flag.
There are more than 2000 in the gallery already.
This one is Kiwi Flag by Phillip Andrews:
‘We don’t mind it being more expensive if we get results. The most expensive programmes we have are those where we churn out millions of dollars every year, thinking we’re having an impact when either we don’t or we don’t know.’ . .
‘We often spend money on a service where about 100% of it doesn’t work. So if we can get a return of 5% or something that is working, then we’re well ahead.’ Bill English
62 Claudia Octavia was executed.
68 Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide, after quoting Homer’s Iliad..
721 Odo of Aquitaine defeated the Moors in the Battle of Toulouse.
1534 Jacques Cartier was the first European to discover the Saint Lawrence River.
1595 King Wladislaus IV of Poland, was born (d. 1648).
1650 The Harvard Corporation, the more powerful of the two administrative boards of Harvard, was established, the first legal corporation in the Americas.
1667 The Raid on the Medway by the Dutch fleet began.
1732 James Oglethorpe was granted a royal charter for the colony of Georgia.
1772 The British ship Gaspee was burned off the coast of Rhode Island.
1781 George Stephenson, English mechanical engineer, was born (d. 1848).
1815 End of the Congress of Vienna.
1863 American Civil War: the Battle of Brandy Station, Virginia.
1868 – Titokowaru’s war began with the killing of three settlers near Ketemarae, north of Hāwera, by Ngā Ruahine warriors acting on the orders of the spiritual leader Titokowaru.
1873 Alexandra Palace burned down after being open for only 16 days.
1885 A peace treaty was signed to end the Sino-French War.
1891 Cole Porter, American composer and lyricist, was born (d. 1964).
1909 Alice Huyler Ramsey, a 22-year-old became the first woman to drive across the United States. With three female companions, none of whom could drive a car, in fifty-nine days she drove a Maxwell automobile the 3,800 miles from Manhattan to San Francisco.
1915 William Jennings Bryan resigned as Woodrow Wilson’s Secretary of State over a disagreement regarding the United States’ handling of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania.
1922 First ringing of the Harkness Memorial Chime at Yale University.
1923 Bulgaria‘s military took over the government in a coup.
1941 Jon Lord, English musician (Deep Purple), was born.
1944 World War II: 99 civilians were hung from lampposts and balconies by German troops in Tulle in reprisal for maquisards attacks.
1944 World War II: the Soviet Union invaded East Karelia and the previously Finnish part of Karelia, occupied by Finland since 1941.
1946 King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended to the throne of Thailand. He is currently the world’s longest reigning monarch.
1953 Flint-Worcester tornado outbreak sequence: a tornado spawned from the same storm system as the Flint tornado hit in Worcester, Massachusetts killing 94.
1954 Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism had infiltrated the Army – giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, “You’ve done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?”
1956 Patricia Cornwell, American author, was born.
1957 First ascent of Broad Peak (the world’s 12th highest mountain).
1958 Queen Elizabeth II officially opened London Gatwick Airport.
1959 The USS George Washington was launched, the first submarine to carry ballistic missiles.
1961 Michael J. Fox, Canadian-born actor, was born.
1968 U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national day of mourning following the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
1978 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened its priesthood to “all worthy men”, ending a 148-year-old policy excluding black men.
1979 The Ghost Train Fire at Luna Park, North Sydney, killed seven.
1985 Thomas Sutherland was kidnapped in Lebanon.
1999 Kosovo War: the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization sign a peace treaty.
2008 – Two bombs exploded at a train station near Algiers, Algeria, killing at least 13 people.
2008 Lake Delton drained as a result of heavy flooding breaking the dam holding the lake back.
2010 – At least 40 people were killed and more than 70 others wounded by an explosion at an evening wedding party in Arghandab, Kandahar.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia