Forged scripts, self prescribing and inappropriate use of "dependent drugs" are among New Zealand doctors' breaches of professional misconduct.
Alcohol Healthwatch says every New Zealander would benefit from drinking less.
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.
People who make or supply synthetic drugs face life in prison under changes announced by the Government today.
A world leading skin cancer expert says SPF may not be the best way to rate sunblock.
A proposed law change following a dementia patient's fatal car crash would see doctors forced to breach their doctor-patient confidentiality by telling authorities if a person is unfit to drive.
The Government is launching an urgent immunisation programme to fight an outbreak of meningococcal disease in Northland, which has had the highest number of cases and deaths of the new meningococcal strain MenW.
More than 230 people, 17 of them children, have been hospitalised after being poisoned by drugs including synthetics over the last five years, according to Ministry of Health figures.
Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced tougher and more frequent tests for contamination of drinking water from next year – but a decision on mandatory chlorination is on hold.