Allegations 800,000 NZers at risk of medical privacy breach

Four New Zealand and Australasian healthcare IT companies have jointly contacted the Privacy Commissioner to flag the issue.

New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken.

New Zealand babies dying from syphilis: ‘Our healthcare systems are falling over’ say experts

New Zealand babies are dying from syphilis passed on from their mothers during pregnancy.

Samoa seizes MMR vaccines

Two toddlers have died in Samoa following MMR vaccinations.

High need Auckland patients to pay less for after-hours care

Aucklanders seeking urgent after-hours care could be paying less.

Patients left off surgical waiting lists

People needing surgery were mistakenly left off waiting lists at one of the country's biggest DHBs - an oversight only discovered when one of them queried their case.

Health Minister David Clark admits safe drinking water may be costly

Early estimates of the cost of improving the safety of the country's drinking water supplies are "a bit frightening", Health Minister David Clark has admitted.

Winter wariness advocated by Council of Medical Colleges

Discouraging unnecessary antibiotics and tests this winter is being advocated by the Council of Medical Colleges as part of the ongoing Choosing Wisely campaign.

End of Life Choice Submission: Bill dangerous, says Health Professionals Alliance

Unintended consequences will follow if the prohibition against taking another’s life is removed, says Dr Catherine Hallagan, a GP and chair of the Health Professionals Alliance, in the alliance’s recent submission to the Justice Committee on the End of Life Choice bill.

Young female doctors speak about sexual harassment in New Zealand hospitals

Three medical practitioners tell Tess Nichol about a culture of sexual intimidation and cover-ups in our hospitals.


More than just a ‘pill for every ill’

Dr Tracy Chandler (a.k.a. Dr Wellness) says we need to move beyond the current ‘pill for every ill’ model of general practice to a more patient-centred integrative approach.


Sponsored: Why the mitochondria are becoming the next big health topic

Health consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of cellular dysfunction when it comes to healthy aging and managing health issues