Innovation important but consistency crucial – hopes for home based care

JUDE BARBACK talks to Julie Haggie from the Home & Community Health Association about what the home-based care sector hopes will emerge from the New Zealand Productivity Commission’s inquiry into more effective social services.

DHB nurses to pursue pay equity

The nursing union NZNO has tabled its intent to pursue a pay equity claim for district health board nurses.

Call for more help services in the home

This Gisborne Herald article discusses the need for better access to community services to support older people in their homes.

Supreme Court backs DHB’s smoking ban

A health board's smoke-free policy has been unanimously backed by the Supreme Court after it was challenged by a patient, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Nurses’ union “alarmed” by DHB CEO resignation

The resignation of Capital & Coast DHB's chief executive has "alarmed" nurse' union NZNO who fear underfunding is behind her decision.

All South Island DHBs sharing electronic health records

From today all South Island district health boards will be using the same HealthOne electronic health records system.

Helmets not required for mental health nurses says Southern DHB

The Otago Daily Times reports Southern DHB's decided not to go ahead with a recommendation to issue helmets to mental health staff following assaults on nurses.

Health board chairman who hired chief executive ‘should stand down’ down

The chairman of Waikato District Health Board, who employed Dr Nigel Murray as chief executive, has been called on to stand down.

NZNO concerned report shows increase in ‘nurse sensitive’ adverse events

The increase in 'nurse sensitive' indicators like pressure injuries and hospital acquired infections in the annual adverse events report released today were 'concerning', says the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Ward isolated after influenza cases expected to reopen tomorrow

A Tauranga Hospital ward currently closed to new patients after eight people were diagnosed with influenza is expected to reopen tomorrow.


Urgent action called for at ADHB’s maternity wards

Urgent talks to find short-term solutions to the pressure on staff at National Women’s Health services are being called for by the New Zealand Nurses’ Organisation.