Overseas doctors frustrated they can’t relieve GP shortage

Less than one in five overseas doctors who passed the New Zealand registration exam in the past year have found an intern’s job – the last hurdle to being able to practice in New Zealand.

Midwives & supporters take to streets tomorrow

Midwives and their supporters are marching on parliament and rallying in 10 other centres tomorrow to push home their call for more money for midwives in this year’s Budget.

“Overburdened” mental health workers voices important to inquiry

Hearing the voices of “stressed” and “overburdened” mental health workers is ‘”very important” to the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry, says inquiry chair Ron Paterson.

Nurse impasse panel “impressed” by submissions

In the same week that nurses starting voting on whether to strike in July, the independent panel set up to resolve the impasse heard submissions from both sides of the dispute.

Nurses could be solution to rural health services crisis

Research shows nurse practitioners could be a cost-effective solution for rural health care crisis.

Equal pay claim of up to 45% sought by DHB clerical staff

Clerical workers across the country’s 20 district health boards today raised an equal pay claim of between 15-45 per cent.

Midwives: proof still in the Budget

Midwives remain on tenterhooks whether nearly a year of negotiations will see the Budget deliver a new funding model that stops community midwives leaving the profession.

Rural GP issues laid out for Minister of Health

Unfilled general practice vacancies, an ageing rural GP workforce, half of whom were expecting retire in the next 10 years, and a lack of facilities to train their replacements are issues facing the rural sector.

DHB stats show allied health most understaffed

Ballooning deficits – in part due to higher than expected patient volumes over summer – and understaffing are revealed in the latest District Health Board financial data.

Precedent-setting decision for on-call allied health staff

The Court of Appeal has rejected a DHB appeal so Timaru anaesthetic technicians will now be paid the minimum wage while on-call duty.


FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.