Alarm at new missed bowel screening figures

The news that the number of Waitemata residents missed from the bowel screening pilot has jumped to 15,000 has alarmed Bowel Cancer New Zealand.

SmartHealth costs continue with after-hours doctors’ service at $668k

After-hours doctors for the failed SmartHealth app cost Waikato District Health Board almost $670,000 in less than one year.

Lester Levy: The health boss who’s had enough

Outgoing health boss Lester Levy says the government had all the information it needed about the poor state of Middlemore Hospital, and the rest of the health system. But then, he would say that, writes Simon Wilson.

Law professor to chair Panel aiming to avert nursing strike

Former speaker of the house Margaret Wilson has been selected by the Government to chair an independent panel hoping to break the pay talks stalemate between nurses and district health boards.

Health Minister ‘encouraged’ by nurses taking up PM proposal

The Health Minister is ‘pleased and encouraged’ that the nurses’ union has given a green light for the Prime Minister’s pay impasse proposal. But a strike ballot is still due to start next week.

Primary Health Federation takes next step

A new combined voice for primary health – the Federation of Primary Health – held its felt establishment board meeting this week under chair Dame Annette King.

Five cases confirmed as measles outbreak spreads across the South Island

An outbreak of measles has spread across the South Island with five confirmed cases.

Precedent-setting decision for on-call allied health staff

The Court of Appeal has rejected a DHB appeal so Timaru anaesthetic technicians will now be paid the minimum wage while on-call duty.

Self-effacing Te Kuiti GP takes out top rural honour

Dr Keith Buswell – the self-effacing leader of an innovative Te Kuiti general practice offering both primary and hospital level services – has won this year’s major rural health award.

Too costly: Waikato DHB says online doctor service won’t be renewed

A controversial virtual health app that failed to attract enough users and drew consults for penis enlargements has been canned, with critics slamming it as a waste of $18.8 million of taxpayer money.
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