Urologists condemn ban on all mesh products – women left without options

The decision to ban all mesh  for urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, has been condemned by the  Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand. Medsafe announced on Monday that it was following Australia in...

Waikato DHB told to make changes after losing drinking water accreditation

Waikato District Health Board - which monitors 90 drinking water suppliers in the district – has lost its drinking water accreditation.

Scale of trichloroethylene (TCE) exposure in New Zealand workplaces over decades more widespread than...

The scale of New Zealanders exposed to toxic industrial solvent trichloroethylene, now linked to a sixfold increase in the chances of developing Parkinson's Disease, extends to thousands of people, across a variety of industries and sectors over several decades, who are now being urged to seek legal advice for a possible class action, a Herald investigation has found.

Censure and fine for surgeon guilty of professional misconduct over Whanganui patient

A delayed diagnosis left Whanganui man Keith Hindson facing extensive surgery and post-operative radiotherapy.

Briefings: Healthcare waiting list complaints rise Health and Disability Commissioner tells Health Minister

Hundreds of documents briefing new Government ministers on key policies have been released. Herald journalists have been analysing the Briefings to Incoming Ministers (Bims). Here we look at the Health Ministry.

Inquiry: More than 700,000 Kiwis may be drinking unsafe water

The Health Ministry and local authorities are being slammed for "widespread systemic failure" in their duty to ensure safe drinking water, with a new report showing at least 721,000 New Zealanders and countless tourists...

Local Focus: Raupunga wins big with clean water

Like many small East Coast communities, Raupunga, south of Wairoa, is a fraction of what it once was.

Is NZ ready for the next big pandemic?

New Zealand isn't prepared enough for a major pandemic, which could strike as swiftly as an earthquake and bring the country to its knees, researchers argue.

Consumer NZ calls for more regulation after 10 sunscreen brands fail tests

A consumer watchdog is calling for better regulation of sunscreens after 10 brands failed to live up to efficacy claims.

Most acupuncture websites likely breaching Medicines Act

A new study finds a majority of acupuncture companies' websites are likely breaching of the Medicines Act by claiming their service can prevent or cure various diseases.


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.