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.

Dunedin scientist forged scripts to feed addiction

A Dunedin scientist has admitted counterfeiting prescriptions to fuel his painkiller addiction.

Small infection risk from machine used in open-heart surgery

A machine used in open-heart surgery in New Zealand may have exposed a few patients to a potentially deadly bacterial infection.

Boy, 6, left nearly blind after optometrist missed tumour

A 6-year-old boy was diagnosed with lazy eye and prescribed glasses by his optometrist - but within a year had been left almost blind due to a previously undiagnosed brain tumour.

Midwives censured after failing to act when baby wasn’t growing

Two midwives and their employer have been disciplined for their failure to take note of a baby's lack of growth in the womb, placing it at risk after birth.

Whanganui health board reports 86 staff injuries in six months

Eighty-six injures were reported by Whanganui District Health Board's staff in the six months to December, 18 from assaults by patients.

Appeal could see changes to Funded Family Care policy

A successful appeal against a Ministry of Health's application of the Funded Family Care policy could spell change for the policy, especially under a Government that has suggested a review is on the cards.

Australia bans codeine

Codeine medication will no longer be sold over the counter from pharmacies or shops and patients need to go to a GP for a prescription.

Firefighting foam at air force affects Ohakea drinking water

Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie is one of five landowners affected by groundwater contamination around Ohakea airforce base.

Cigarette companies called out for being sneaky around taxes

There are allegations cigarette manufacturers are gaming the tax system to keep people hooked.


Advertising Standards Authority upholds complaint against Santa

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) Complaints Board has agreed that Santa should not be used in advertising that promotes Coca Cola to children and young people.