GPs to triage patients, robots to replace staff in Waikato DHB deficit savings plan

A cash-strapped district health board is considering using robots to replace staff and making GPs triage patients at medical centres in a desperate effort to claw back savings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

“Ground-breaking stroke treatment on offer at some DHBs

A "world-leading" technique is now being used by a handful of District Health Boards to treat stroke patients.

Home care services under threat

Home and community support services are under threat because the current funding model for the sector is unsustainable.

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.

At breaking point

With a fragmented and inconsistent approach to funding across the country, the home and community support services sector is struggling to meet growing demand for its services. JUDE BARBACK looks at some of the key concerns facing the sector.
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