...but all that pedantic compliance to endless inventions of extra rules just because...
Indeed. We had two tradies in the house the other day and one of them was wearing these...https://colorex.co.nz/shop/products/plastering-tools/plasterers-red-stilts/ .
The other thought they might be the answer to his problem.
His firm was sub contracting to one of the Big Guys, who in paying due homage to the gods of Workplace Safety had banned all subbies from using ladders. Yes, you read right. No ladders, and scaffolding to be used....even when changing a simple light bulb.
Don't despair steven, you're not the only one having thoughts that somehow the world has gone just more than a little weird...and that without the assistance of mind altering chemicals.
(that is a story for the memoirs, maybe).
There must be some use for the 2x60l plastic crates of printouts we've managed to accumulate over the years. Just the OIA request proceeds alone take up half a crate. Absolutely amazing how much space seems to be needed to essentially say nothing. And then there are the documents I printed out instinctively...only to find they had disappeared from the web since I downloaded them. The information we had to collate for the case is quite spectacular.
Department of Mental Hygiene.
I'm thinking such a department sounds like a fine idea.
I have no idea.
I guess there will be some official public announcement any time soon, though how much detail I don't know. Confidentiality and all that. ;-)
Believe it or not Sacha, that bit of news had passed us by. Somehow.
This case has been settled out of court.
This is good news for most of us as hanging around in court for weeks was going to be very difficult.
OTOH, yours truly was looking forward to listening to the arguments from the Ministry. Again.
Something new, perhaps?
Anyway, even if we were drinkers we would not be celebrating just yet.
That treacherous knife in our backs that is the Part 4 amendment to the Public Health and Disability Act has to be repealed, and
.... all family members who are carers are paid on the same basis as are other carers, and that family members who are carers be entitled to make complaints of unlawful discrimination with respect to the State party’s family care policy.
Like what the UN Monitoring Committee said.
All the best with yours.
So, with very little fanfare (and I would have missed it were I not looking for it) the Mystery of Health published the report into the Targeted Engagement on Funded Family Care.
I was torn between reading those publications and reading the report into the Thompson and Clark inquiry. I suspicion brain has reached boggle point.
However. Jo Esplin and the team had a very short time frame for doing this work and they have produced a surprisingly comprehensive report that when read with the survey results provided AND the Paid Family Care Discussion Paper published in April present the very accurate picture that all is way less than rosy for disabled Kiwis and their chosen family carers.
In fact, it's pretty shit really.
The report writers acknowledge the level of cynicism (guilty) and do present some options for Sorting This Shit Out...but I fear there will be mere tinkering.
More later maybe.
Don't. Do. Christmas.
The most difficult thing about not doing Christmas is having to explain to others why it is that one is immune to this temporary insanity.
Hope you all get better soon.
Well done Fiona and team.
A table top, which was not a product in its own right, could not be exported and logs with surface carving were unlikely to meet the definition, the court ruled.
Chuckling going on in the whare...
A couple of years ago we made a complaint via an advocate about the "services" rendered by our local NASC.
After some exchanges (surprising what they're willing to put in an email ;-) ) we had a meeting up at the Hospital twixt us and our advocate the NASC manager, the DHB manager and a leading rehab clinician. We recorded this meeting.
With the most adroit slight of hand they managed to completely dismiss our complaints and imply that Peter was reluctant to participate in a needs assessment.
More chuckling in the whare.
Peter has had more assessments than most in the 48 years since breaking his miserable neck, and has cooperated fully with all of them.
He did however remind the DHB manager of the time that the assessor's area of expertise was intellectual disability and they had no knowledge of spinal impairment, much less tetraplegia.
He told the DHB manager that he would be administering a wee test of his own to the next assessor and if they failed to display an acceptable knowledge of tetraplegia he would consider them unfit for purpose and ask that another, appropriately experienced person was sent.
"But that would be declining service!" DHB manager sputtered....