Underfunding of health system leads to $240m blowout

District health boards are $240 million in the red and current budget deficit forecasts have not been made public yet, despite being almost three months into the financial year.

Head of mental health quits after damning report

The head of Bay of Plenty District Health Board's embattled mental health and addiction services has left her job.

Health Minister David Clark suspends troubled Oracle DHB IT project

Health Minister David Clark has pulled the plug for the time being on a troubled IT project to replace district health boards' ageing systems which has cost more than $100 million so far.

Revealed: more patients left off surgical waiting lists

Auckland District Health Board has discovered more people were mistakenly left off waiting lists - adding to a group that includes children as young as six.

Bay of Plenty DHB promises change of culture in mental health and addiction services...

Bay of Plenty DHB promises overhaul of mental health and addiction services team after interviews with 150 staff find most rated workplace 'negative' or 'very negative'.

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.
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