Samoa begins public inquiry into babies’ deaths next week

Two Samoan nurses pleaded not guilty on Monday to charges related to the death of two children which are also being investigated in a Commission of Inquiry due to start in Samoa next week.

Surgeons share breakaway union’s concerns over new rosters

A breakaway ‘junior doctors’ union are negotiating a new agreement with district health boards arguing that new hospital rosters are not safer and reduce crucial training time.

Too few hip fracture patients leaving hospital with osteoporosis plans

Only a quarter of hip fracture patients leave hospital on osteoporosis treatment and with a falls prevention plan to reduce the risk of further breaks, found the latest hip fracture registry report.

Criminal charges for medical error ‘very rare’ in NZ, says legal expert

A second Samoan nurse is reported to have been arrested and charged with manslaughter. A New Zealand health law expert says criminal charges against health professionals for medical error or negligence in New Zealand are very rare.

Bowel screening workforce ‘fragile’ – urgent need to train more, says review

DHBs are already struggling to meet colonoscopy targets and workforce issues are impacting on the rollout of the National Bowel Screening Programme, says the independent review released today.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.

Primary health good ideas sought for 2019 Challenge

Primary health providers with good ideas for making a difference to patient care are invited to apply to be part of Whakakotahi 2018 – the latest round of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s primary care improvement challenge.

600 Middlemore Hospital patients to be screened after discovery of drug-resistant organism

About 600 Middlemore patients will be tested after a person admitted to a ward was found to be carrying an organism resistant to a powerful group of antibiotics.

Wary response to NZ’s first ‘rate your health professional’ website

GP and dentistry leaders are wary to realistic about a site dubbed Australia’s ‘Trip Advisor’ of healthcare crossing the Tasman to launch a ‘rate’ your health professional website.

NZ researchers review Viagra study after overseas baby deaths

The reported overseas deaths of babies involved in a clinical trial exploring a potential treatment using Viagra has prompted a review from researchers who have been running an aligned study here in New Zealand.
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