Medical marijuana should be available for patients: World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation has declared that CBD - the relaxant property of cannabis used in medical marijuana - should not be a scheduled drug.

NZ blood service defends gay men donation policy

The New Zealand Blood Service has no plans to change deferral periods for gay men wanting to donate.

MPs takes sides as euthanasia bill heads to vote

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New Zealand to restrict surgical mesh use from New Year

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Opinion: Michael Baker – Inquiry highlights “erosion” in national public health capacity

The hard-hitting Havelock North inquiry report should be grabbed as an opportunity to review and rebuild public health capacity nationwide, argues Public Health Professor Michael Baker.

Sacking of Dunedin Hospital rebuild chair gets thumbs up and thumbs down

The appointment of former Labour health minister Peter Hodgson to replace the sacked chair of the Dunedin Hospital rebuild project is ‘jeopardising the tough timetable’ set, says National health spokesman. But the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists (ASMS) says it welcomes the Government’s decision and want more local clinical input.

Briefings: Healthcare waiting list complaints rise Health and Disability Commissioner tells Health Minister

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at the Health Ministry.

Briefings: Mental health services “clearly struggling”

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at Mental Health.

New stats show progress on child poverty but not yet for poverty-related hospitalisations

Child poverty is not worsening and some indicators are improving, according to the latest Child Poverty Monitor data – but 27 per cent of children still live in poor households and poverty-related hospitalisations are unchanged.

Havelock North inquiry urges mandatory treatment of all drinking water

The Government's inquiry into the Havelock North water contamination outbreak has recommended to make it mandatory to treat all public drinking water supplies in New Zealand, and has called for a dedicated drinking water regulator to be established.
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