Junior doctors and PSA health pay talks in limbo

Pay talks and offers for five other groups of district health board staff are on hold waiting for the precedent-setting New Zealand Nurses Organisation nursing agreement to be resolved.

Most DHB midwives will not be striking, says midwifery union MERAS

Maternity services will be less affected than other hospital services if the July 5 strike goes ahead as most midwives are not NZNO members, says the midwifery union MERAS.

Nurses and DHBs release details of life-preserving services during planned strike

What ‘life-preserving services’ striking nurses will provide have been agreed between nurses’ union NZNO and the 20 district health boards as the July 5 nurses’ strike date draws closer.

DHBs-NZNO mediation fails – next step urgent facilitation

Mediation failed to reach a new deal that the nurses’ union was ready to present to members so now urgent facilitation is being sought as the July 5 strike date draws closer.

Young female doctors speak about sexual harassment in New Zealand hospitals

Three medical practitioners tell Tess Nichol about a culture of sexual intimidation and cover-ups in our hospitals.

Strike notice issued today for July 5 nurses’ strike

A formal strike notice is being sent to the 20 District Health Boards today for a 24 hour nurses’ strike on July 5 – with mediation starting on Friday for a last ditch solution attempt.

Champion of Māori health wins Health Volunteer of the Year

Kim Gosman, a retired nurse and health leader who for decades has combined volunteer work with her professional career was yesterday honoured as Health Volunteer of the Year.

A day in the life of a Kiwi GP: Refugee medicine

A GP shares a day working with newly arrived refugees with ongoing health issues including diabetes to trauma-caused nightmares. The GP is one of the many who contributed their stories for a recent Royal New Zealand College of GPs’ project.

Alarming levels of ED violence now normalised and shrugged off, finds NZ study

Emergency Department (ED) workers are exposed to such frequent and high levels of violence, that being on the receiving end of death threats, offensive sexual abuse and hitting, go unreported and are simply accepted as part of the job, a new study has found. By Rachel Helyer Donaldson.

A day in the life of a Kiwi GP: A locum who loves her...

A Kiwi GP locum shares a day on the run including a sad loss, concussion confusion and license renewal stress. She is one of the many GPs who contributed their tale for a recent Royal New Zealand College of GPs’ project celebrating general practice.


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...