Health Minister David Clark has warned district health boards to tighten their belts or face the prospect of someone else doing it for them if their financial performance doesn't pick up.
Sixteen people died as a result of unintended, unexpected or unplanned events and mental health-related incidents in the Bay of Plenty District Health Board area in the latest reporting period.
The Auckland District Health Board is the latest to join the growing list of DHBs wanting a crack down on booze.
Eleven people died in the Lakes District Health Board area in 2017/2018 as a result of shortfalls and system errors, prompting the DHB to make a range of improvements.
The number of adverse events – including falls and pressure injuries – reported by our public hospitals have risen from 542 last year to 631 with the Health Quality & Safety Commission saying the ongoing increase reflects improved reporting.
Several emails and a memo released under the Official Information Act, which the Bay of Plenty DHB tried to stop happening, reveal fallout from and response to damning internal report.
Northland DHB has been pushing for a vaccination programme against a deadly strain of meningococcal disease for "some months", according to an internal memo from chief executive Nick Chamberlain.
The chairwoman of Whanganui District Health Board says the board's $3.8m deficit for the recent financial year is a reflection of an increase in poor health thoughout the region.
Whanganui hospital is now offering free and unlimited Wi-Fi to patients.