Patients left off surgical waiting lists

People needing surgery were mistakenly left off waiting lists at one of the country's biggest DHBs - an oversight only discovered when one of them queried their case.

Health Minister David Clark admits safe drinking water may be costly

Early estimates of the cost of improving the safety of the country's drinking water supplies are "a bit frightening", Health Minister David Clark has admitted.

Winter wariness advocated by Council of Medical Colleges

Discouraging unnecessary antibiotics and tests this winter is being advocated by the Council of Medical Colleges as part of the ongoing Choosing Wisely campaign.

End of Life Choice Submission: Bill dangerous, says Health Professionals Alliance

Unintended consequences will follow if the prohibition against taking another’s life is removed, says Dr Catherine Hallagan, a GP and chair of the Health Professionals Alliance, in the alliance’s recent submission to the Justice Committee on the End of Life Choice bill.

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.

‘Restrictive’ guidelines holding back NZ fertility research

Important fertility studies are being held back by New Zealand's "restrictive by default" stance on using viable human embryos, researchers say.

HIV diagnoses lowest in four years

Significantly fewer New Zealanders were diagnosed with HIV last year than the previous year but new diagnoses are still much higher than at the turn of the century.

NZ women increasingly having abortions before 10 weeks

New Zealand women are having abortions earlier in their pregnancy – a trend which has been welcomed by Family Planning.

Medical abortions could be safely performed in any good medical centre

Current legal restrictions on who can approve and carry out abortions and where they can be performed create inequities, risks and are a “shocking” waste of the health dollar, argues the women’s health nurses’ college.

More action still needed to remove inequities for Hep C patients

Viral hepatitis is the focus of today’s World Digestive Health Day with Kiwi gastroenterologists pleased with recent increased access to treatment but concerned inequities remain.
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THE DEATH SERIES

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.

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