The plastic surgery department at Waikato Hospital is so understaffed registrars are constantly on call and working days without rest, putting patients at risk and forcing cancellation of clinics and surgeries, according to a damning letter from doctors.
A disgraced doctor who faked documents because he was "so desperate to get to New Zealand" has been let off without a sentence.
Shaun Cavanagh wants the Mental Health Inquiry to lead to greater support for the mental health workforce including supporting new allied health disciplines like his own, recreation therapy, that has struggled to get established in New Zealand.
Doctors topped the list for getting the flu vaccine last year with the call going out once more for health care workers to get the annual jab to help protect vulnerable patients.
69-year-old John McIntosh talks to Mary Anne Gill from the Life Unlimited Trust about ageing, disability and the importance of independence "for your soul".