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.
Parents who received free after-hours medical care for their children are now having to pay up to $61 at two Auckland clinics following funding cuts from district health boards.
District health boards are $240 million in the red and current budget deficit forecasts have not been made public yet, despite being almost three months into the financial year.
Health Minister David Clark has pulled the plug for the time being on a troubled IT project to replace district health boards' ageing systems which has cost more than $100 million so far.