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.

Health-check: More North Island lakes graded ‘bad’ than ‘good’

Scientists have begun a sprawling health-check of hundreds of New Zealand lakes, at a time where monitoring data shows more North Island spots are graded bad than good.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

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