Cardiac surgery team members to strike

Strike notice has been given by Auckland DHB’s clinical perfusionists as attention turns to other health professions seeking to settle backlogged negotiations with DHBs.

Surgeons share breakaway union’s concerns over new rosters

A breakaway ‘junior doctors’ union are negotiating a new agreement with district health boards arguing that new hospital rosters are not safer and reduce crucial training time.

Planned new physiotherapy school hopes to reduce shortfall

Plans to launch New Zealand’s first new physiotherapy school in 45 years are being welcomed by Physiotherapy New Zealand to help ease the national shortage of physiotherapists.

Health professionals urged to share challenges with Health Review

Health Minister David Clark called on health professionals to ensure Heather Simpson’s Health Review team hears “early” and “often” about the challenges they face.

Pathologists warn of risk of dismantling national forensic pathology service

Murders may no longer be detected after the national forensic pathology service is dismantled on October 1, pathologists say. By Simon Collins.

Criminal charges for medical error ‘very rare’ in NZ, says legal expert

A second Samoan nurse is reported to have been arrested and charged with manslaughter. A New Zealand health law expert says criminal charges against health professionals for medical error or negligence in New Zealand are very rare.

Samoan Nurses Association supports arrested nurse

The Samoan Nurses Association has supported the nurse – charged following the deaths of two babies last month – to be released from custody.

Bowel screening workforce ‘fragile’ – urgent need to train more, says review

DHBs are already struggling to meet colonoscopy targets and workforce issues are impacting on the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, says the independent review released today.

Doctor who put family first given role model medal

A Māori doctor who turned his back on a surgical career to train as a GP in his home town to spend more time with his family has won an award as a role model for future GP trainees.

“Ultimate family doctor” amongst GP award winners

A “true generalist” GP and “ultimate family doctor” who stitches up wounds in farmers to pets was amongst the winners at the recent College of GP awards.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...