Wednesday, February 21, 2018

More young people becoming smokefree

Young New Zealanders are not that keen to take a puff on a cigarette, new research shows.

Registrars say Waikato Hospital’s plastic surgery unit is operating illegally

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.

Conviction but no sentence for doctor who faked documents to work at Whanganui Hospital

A disgraced doctor who faked documents because he was "so desperate to get to New Zealand" has been let off without a sentence.

Govt monitoring the midwife crisis in Wanaka

As concerned Wanaka mothers prepare to write to the Government seeking a solution, Government officials say there is ''no quick fix'' to the midwife crisis in Wanaka.

Pay gap for mental health workers to be closed

Unions have welcomed news that Government is to start negotiations to close the pay gap for mental health workers created by last year’s pay equity settlement for aged care and home support staff.

Opinion: Shaun Cavanagh – Inquiry should invest in new mental health workforce

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.

Think heart health this Valentine’s Day

The number of Kiwi adults living with heart disease has jumped back up to nearly five per cent reversing a trend downwards, according to the latest Health Survey findings.

Doctors still outstripping nurses for getting seasonal flu jab

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.

Ageing with a disability sucks, says long-time advocate

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".

National Bowel Screening Programme to be reviewed

A patient who moved house missed out on receiving an invitation to get bowel cancer screening - and later died of bowel cancer.


Midwifery in ‘crisis’ with pregnant women unable to find lead maternity...

Midwives have appealed to the Government to urgently deal with a "crisis" in their sector, as they say pregnant women are struggling to get maternity care.