Some important developments have occurred on key BayBuzz issues …
If you’ve seen or heard any other media in the last 24 hours, you know that the DHB has launched a “clinical review” of care-giving at Cranford. Here’s DHB’s media release, as well as a statement from Presbyterian Support “welcoming” the review. DHB says it is responding to a formal complaint made to the Health and Disability Commissioner.
Perhaps. The fact that our BayBuzz article has already been viewed online by almost 2,000 readers since Sunday, with 10,000 BayBuzz Digest newspapers featuring the story yet to hit the streets, is — I guess — pure coincidence!
Critical issues going forward:
- The genuine “independence” of DHB’s review;
- Its actual scope of inquiry (e.g., in terms of focus and individuals to be interviewed);
- The manner in which it will be conducted (e.g., will present Cranford staff be guaranteed confidentiality vis-a-vis management?);
- The composition of the review team (e.g. all clinicians, all from outside Hawke’s Bay, is not the answer); and,
- The extent of public disclosure of findings and recommendations.
This matter is far from being resolved. Be assured, BayBuzz will remain on the case.
Not so publicized is the resignation Wednesday of Cranford’s Medical Director, Michael Harris. Here is Cranford Director Barry Keane’s memo to staff on that development, indicating that Dr. Harris signaled his intention to leave back in December.
In a much quieter development, Andy Coltart and Garth Paterson, applicants seeking a resource consent for intensive development on the banks on the Tuki, have requested and been granted an indefinite postponement of their scheduled hearing before the Hastings Council Hearings Committee.
Apparently the HDC staff recommendation that the consent be denied has left the applicants a bit groggy.
So, you can take next Thursday’s (the 18th) canceled hearing off your calendar. BayBuzz will keep you posted on this item too.