Housing Minister Phil Twyford unveils new standards for all NZ rental homes

New Government rules will require every rental home in New Zealand to have a heater in the living room and an extractor fan in the kitchen and bathroom.

Risk of infection is low after using inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment

An investigation has been launched after the Hawke's Bay District Health Board reported inadequately-sterilised surgical equipment was potentially used on 55 patients.

Lack of integration between DHB’s mental health care services

The Mental Health Commissioner has criticised a DHB's co-ordination of the care provided to a woman with mental health and addiction issues.

‘Urgent action is needed’: A third of severe illnesses in pregnant women were potentially...

About a third of pregnant women admitted to intensive care units and high dependency units in New Zealand had potentially preventable severe illnesses.

Consumer NZ finds more sunscreens which fail to live up to SPF claims

Consumer NZ is accusing some brands of "attacking the messenger" when it comes to their sunscreen testing.

Cancer Society in dispute with Consumer NZ over sunscreen testing results

The Cancer Society says it is in dispute with Consumer NZ over conflicting results on the rating of one of its sunscreen products.

Free dental care brings smiles to Wairoa

A dental volunteer team makes a big difference to a community where many residents struggle to afford dental treatment, reports Ruby Harfield.

Revealed: Forged scripts, self prescribing and inappropriate use of ‘dependent drugs’

Forged scripts, self prescribing and inappropriate use of "dependent drugs" are among New Zealand doctors' breaches of professional misconduct.

Health expert calls for tobacco-style tax excise for alcohol

Alcohol Healthwatch says every New Zealander would benefit from drinking less.

Unfair care: What’s going wrong in the health system?

The Fair Care? series has revealed pressure points and outright failures, with causes ranging from a lack of skilled workers to poor planning. A summary of findings can be found here with links to full reports.
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