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.

DHB apologises to patients after long waits for urgent care

Waitematā District Health Board has apologised to two patients and the family of another after losing their referral documents, causing them to wait months for urgent treatment.

Hopes New Zealand will follow Ireland’s lead on abortion law reform

There are hopes that New Zealand will follow Ireland's lead in changing the law around abortion soon.

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers.

Health warnings on beer & wine labels ‘highly deficient’

The current voluntary labelling of health warnings on alcoholic drinks isn’t working suggests a group of medical students after a study finding ‘pea-sized’ and vague label warnings.

Bowel cancer screening error discovered after calls from public

Officials realised more than 9500 people were missed from potentially life-saving bowel cancer screening only after members of the public rang in to ask where their invitation was.

Auckland patients at risk of going blind to be treated in series of mega...

Auckland residents at risk of suffering irreversible blindness will have the chance to be assessed by doctors at a series of upcoming "mega" clinics.

Medsafe warning over risk of taking turmeric with warfarin

Medsafe has issued a warning to health professionals to be aware that natural health products containing turmeric/curcumin may interact with warfarin – putting patients at risk of serious bleeding.

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.
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