New bill seeks more data on health professionals to help prevent workforce shortages

A new Bill seeks better data on health professionals to improve workforce planning and forecasting – as well as promoting teamwork between health professionals.

Opinion: Sally Casswell – Who should pay for alcohol harm?

The people who drink and the multinational alcohol companies who profit from them should be paying more towards the costs of alcohol harm, argues Professor Sally Casswell.

Auckland hospitals’ struggles resonate with senior doctors

The strong message shared with politicians this week that the Auckland’s public health system is at breaking point resonates with senior doctors and front line staff, says senior doctors’ union ASMS.

Huge demand for services in Auckland stretches health system to the limit say bosses

Auckland health bosses have revealed a picture of a health system at breaking point from underfunding and population growth.

Abortion law needs to be updated – Andrew Little

Justice Minister Andrew Little intends to ask the Law Commission to update the archaic law on abortion, including looking at decriminalising it.

Green Party bill to provide greater access to medicinal cannabis falls short

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick's bill on medicinal cannabis has been stubbed out in Parliament tonight.

National supports Government’s medicinal cannabis bill but expects “big changes”

In a busy 24 hours for medicinal cannabis reform the Government’s bill was read for the first time in Parliament yesterday and the Green Party member’s more liberal bill is due to be read today.

New acts removing some “doctor-only” roles come into effect today

From today nurse practitioners and some other health practitioners are able to carry out a number of roles formerly restricted to only doctors.

Hotter summers now on Ministry of Health planning agenda

A nationwide Heat Health plan is to be developed by the Ministry of Health as it plans for hotter summers due to global warming, Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter said today.

Grey Power urges MPs to support Green’s medicinal cannabis bill

Grey Power is urging MPs to support the Green MP Chloe Swarbrick's bill on medicinal cannabis, which is set to have its first reading on Wednesday and potentially pave the way for greater access.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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