Cabinet puts decision on mandatory water chlorination on hold

Health Minister Dr David Clark has announced tougher and more frequent tests for contamination of drinking water from next year – but a decision on mandatory chlorination is on hold.

Farmers sign on to wool injury prevention programme

Federated Farmers says it's pleased with the response from farmers signing up to the new online injury prevention programme Tahi Ngātahi, which will be launched at the New Zealand Agricultural Show next week.

Kiwis prescribed more antibiotics than Europeans

New Zealand health professionals are being urged to think twice before prescribing antibiotics as WHO releases statistics showing Kiwis are prescribed 36 tonnes of antibiotics a year and more frequently than in Europe.

Revealed: Hundreds declined specialist care for painful skin conditions

Half of South Auckland children sent for specialist care for serious skin conditions are declined an appointment, a Herald investigation has found.

Law Commission proposes repealing criminal offences for abortions

The Law Commission has outlined abortion law reforms that would remove abortion from the Crimes Act and repeal the need for two doctors to authorise the procedure.

Counties Manukau District Health Board uncovers evidence of fraud by former staff

Counties Manukau District Health Board considers it has evidence of potential fraud or serious wrongdoing by former staff.

Hospital health shock: Starship, one-fifth of Auckland and Northland hospital facilities ‘not fit for...

About one-fifth of Auckland and Northland hospital facilities, including Starship Children's Hospital, are beyond their life expectancy or "not fit for purpose".

Christchurch City Council apologises over failings in management of city’s chlorination

Christchurch City Council has apologised to its residents after an external review into the chlorination of the city's water supply uncovered failings in its handling of the situation.

National Patient Flow Programme not providing accurate patient data

A data collection system that is meant to measure patients' progress through the health system from referral to discharge is producing inaccurate results because of issues including IT problems and missing information.

Māori babies less likely to be resuscitated, bias blamed

Babies close to death are less likely to get life saving treatment if they're Māori, Pacific or Indian - and experts partly blame racial bias.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Why more and more younger people...

Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) talks about why she is seeing an epidemic of younger and younger people with fatigue and an inability to cope with life.


Sponsored: Volunteers tackle diabetes in Papua New Guinea

Working with local health providers, Volunteer Service Abroad is tackling diabetes in Papua New Guinea.