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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.

Health approach to be taken for users of synthetic drugs, harsher penalties for suppliers

People who make or supply synthetic drugs face life in prison under changes announced by the Government today.

False sunscreen information dangerous for consumers – expert

A world leading skin cancer expert says SPF may not be the best way to rate sunblock.

Proposed law change forcing doctors to dob in unfit drivers could breach patient confidentiality

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.

Govt orders urgent meningococcal vaccination programme for Northland

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 action needed on synthetics, but disagreement over what

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.

Cabinet puts decision on mandatory water chlorination on hold

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.

Farmers sign on to wool injury prevention programme

Federated Farmers says it's pleased with the response from farmers signing up to the new online injury prevention programme Tahi Ngātahi, which will be launched at the New Zealand Agricultural Show next week.

Kiwis prescribed more antibiotics than Europeans

New Zealand health professionals are being urged to think twice before prescribing antibiotics as WHO releases statistics showing Kiwis are prescribed 36 tonnes of antibiotics a year and more frequently than in Europe.

Revealed: Hundreds declined specialist care for painful skin conditions

Half of South Auckland children sent for specialist care for serious skin conditions are declined an appointment, a Herald investigation has found.

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