Hospital health shock: Starship, one-fifth of Auckland and Northland hospital facilities ‘not fit for...

About one-fifth of Auckland and Northland hospital facilities, including Starship Children's Hospital, are beyond their life expectancy or "not fit for purpose".

Christchurch City Council apologises over failings in management of city’s chlorination

Christchurch City Council has apologised to its residents after an external review into the chlorination of the city's water supply uncovered failings in its handling of the situation.

National Patient Flow Programme not providing accurate patient data

A data collection system that is meant to measure patients' progress through the health system from referral to discharge is producing inaccurate results because of issues including IT problems and missing information.

Māori babies less likely to be resuscitated, bias blamed

Babies close to death are less likely to get life saving treatment if they're Māori, Pacific or Indian - and experts partly blame racial bias.

Editorial: Racial bias must not decide fate of premature babies

New Zealand is not alone in trying to combat racism in neonatal services.

Racial bias and birth: ‘We’re looking through the lens of Pākehā’

Each baby in the "grey zone" is a question — try for life, or give palliative care?

Kiwi booze will have to carry pregnancy warning labels

Boozy products in New Zealand will have mandatory warning labels about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

Reducing pressure injury wounds focus of $6m campaign

Two out of five clients with serious spinal injuries have had potentially painful and debilitating pressure injuries (‘bed sores’) in the past three years, says ACC. Some of the estimated 55,000 people suffering preventable pressure injuries every year.

Breast Cancer Foundation to change wording of campaign following complaints

The Breast Cancer Foundation has been forced to alter a breast cancer campaign advert after it received multiple complaints.

Traces of plastics chemical detected in Wellington aquifer

Traces of a chemical commonly used in plastic packaging have been discovered in an aquifer used to supply Wellington's drinking water.



Sponsored: Hydration – Why is it so important for older people?

A closer look at the risks of dehydration – particularly for older people – and what can be done to reduce these risks.