Wednesday, November 21, 2018

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.

Allegations 800,000 NZers at risk of medical privacy breach

Four New Zealand and Australasian healthcare IT companies have jointly contacted the Privacy Commissioner to flag the issue.

New Zealand hospital staff abused daily: ‘It’s time to talk’

Hospital staff nationwide are being abused daily with reports of death threats, nurses being punched in the face and wrists being broken.

New Zealand babies dying from syphilis: ‘Our healthcare systems are falling over’ say experts

New Zealand babies are dying from syphilis passed on from their mothers during pregnancy.


Opinion: Dr Tracy Chandler – Sugar questions answered

With November being Diabetes Awareness Month, Dr Tracy Chandler (aka Dr Wellness) says it’s perfect timing to answer two commonly asked questions about sugar.


Sponsored: Empathy, culture and kindness – the quest for healthier communities

It’s going to take a groundswell of change to inject the empathy and values-based leadership that is so desperately needed in society. Jude Barback talks to Anah Aikman, the founder of Changing Lenses, about how we can achieve this change in our communities.