Auckland DHB apologises for deadly medical experiment

The Auckland District Health Board has finally apologised to survivors of one of the country's worst medical experiments, the "unfortunate experiment".

Middlemore Hospital admits it failed musician Peter Gutteridge

Middlemore Hospital has admitted that it "failed" musician Peter Gutteridge, who died in the hospital's Tiaho Mai mental health unit. Deputy Chief Coroner Brandt Shortland has found that Gutteridge's death early on Monday September 15,...

Counties Manukau DHB told to improve systems after girl’s missed appointments lead to eye...

A schoolgirl's eye condition worsened over two years after a full capacity specialist service resulted in priority appointments falling through the cracks.

‘Failed’ census – a preventable ‘public health policy disaster’

It’s estimated that fewer than 80% of Kiwis completed the 2018 Census in some areas. The lack of data could impact on healthcare for a generation – particularly Māori, say public health leaders and researchers. Jody Hopkinson talks to those who sounded a distress call prior to the census and are now left picking up the pieces of what some are describing as a preventable public policy ‘disaster’.

Patient not told bone graft would be from dead person

Two orthopaedic surgeons and Auckland District Health Board were found to be in breach of the Consumers Rights Code for failing to inform a patient he would be receiving a bone graft from a dead person.

Waikato District Health Board hired surgeon despite referees’ concerns

An orthopaedic surgeon who was trained overseas was hired by Waikato District Health Board despite referees alluding to communication difficulties and noting concerns regarding demeanour and personality.

Health minister warned of Mason Clinic ‘service failure’ risk

The Health Minister has been warned of a "service failure" risk at the Mason Clinic and told it will eventually need to double in size - despite thousands of KiwiBuilds going up next door.

Hawke’s Bay DHB plunged into $6m deficit after challenging year

The Hawke's Bay DHB has reported a financial deficit of $6.8 million for the 2017/18 year, reflecting what has been described as the most difficult year of the past eight.

Teddy bears will help Hawke’s Bay children understand surgery

Only a select few are allowed into the theatre during surgery. But at Royston Hospital teddy bears are on that list.

Opinion: Ian Powell – ‘Mammoth’ DHBs not the answer

Ian Powell argues that the major health system review currently underway should not be creating “mammoth” DHBs but instead encouraging clinically-led networking between community health and hospitals – locally, regionally and nationally.
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THE DEATH SERIES

Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.

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Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

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