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.

Codeine-containing medicines prescription only from 2020

Flu tablets and painkillers that include codeine should be prescription-only from January 2020, Medsafe’s Medicines Classification Committee has recommended.

Bindi Norwell: Healthy homes yes – but who pays?

It's hard to disagree with Phil Twyford: as the new Minister of Housing and Urban Development said last month, every New Zealander deserves a warm, healthy home to live in.


Employers anxious mental health worker settlement won’t be fully funded

The Government's intentions to extend the pay equity settlement to mental health and addiction support workers has been welcomed, but employers want to see the new settlement fully funded.