Doctors still least compliant with cleaning hands

Hand hygiene in New Zealand hospitals has majorly improved in the past eight years but  doctors have fallen back to being the least compliant of the health professions.

HDC decision: Radiologist missed fatal brain lesion

A teenage girl died after a radiologist failed to spot a lesion in an MRI scan, a Health and Disability Commission report released today shows.

HDC decision – Eye surgeon sought consent mid-surgery for different eye

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill today released a report finding an ophthalmologist in breach of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights

Pharmacist assumes typo error – gives wrong dose to child

A pharmacist assumed a new treatment for slowing short-sightedness in children was a prescribing mistake and dispensed eye drops 100 times stronger than prescribed.

Gynaecologist failed to get woman’s consent to remove fallopian tube

The consent form the woman signed did not specify both fallopian tubes might need to be removed, and the possibility of the right fallopian tube needing removal was not discussed with her.

Revealed: Hundreds more missed from bowel cancer screening

Hundreds of New Zealanders missed out on potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening because of another problem with sending invitations.

Rise in syphilis cases prompts public health message

A rise in syphilis cases has prompted renewed calls for people to practise safe sex, including the use of condoms.

Toxic mould, fungus and bacteria growing in leaky hospital

The children's ward and the National Burn Centre are among four buildings at Middlemore Hospital that are leaking, have dangerous mould and bacteria growing in them and are at risk of having cladding fall from them.

Ministry reminder: drinking raw milk comes with risks

Two recalls of raw milk to date this year has prompted a reminder from the Ministry for Primary Industries that raw milk is a “high risk food”.

Travellers to Pacific advised to ‘fight the bite’

Recent outbreaks of dengue fever in the Pacific has prompted the Ministry of Health to start a ‘fight the bite – day and night’ campaign against mozzie-spread diseases.
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