11 Oct 2015

A novel about the painful health reforms of the 1980s and 90s.

From Standing Room Only, 2:40 pm on 11 October 2015

Christchurch radiologist Ian Cowan's novel takes us back to the health reforms of the early 1990s. New Zealand's public healthcare system was falling into turmoil as the government tried to convert public hospitals into competing independent businesses, dedicated to operate at a profit. Not Our Problem tells the story of surgical trainee Stephen Cassidy. He is working long hours at a New Zealand hospital and suffering from burn out, so he takes a job in hospital management as the health reforms are in full swing. The characters in Not Our Problem are fictional but almost all the events are real.