National Bowel Screening Programme to be reviewed

A patient who moved house missed out on receiving an invitation to get bowel cancer screening - and later died of bowel cancer.

Kiwi medical student wins entrepreneur award for online poetry

A University of Auckland medical student has been named the country’s top entrepreneur at a tertiary institution – after gaining a huge social media following for her poetry works.

Health warnings issued at Auckland beaches over wastewater concerns

Health warnings have been issued at dozens of Auckland beaches because of concerns about wastewater overflow and poor water quality following today's torrential downpours.

Second case of measles in Christchurch

A second case of measles has been confirmed in Christchurch.

PHARMAC widening access to Truvada for the prevention of HIV infection

A decision to widen access to Truvada to prevent infection with HIV is a great opportunity to reduce transmission rates of HIV infections in New Zealand, says PHARMAC Chief Executive Sarah Fitt.

Director General ‘spend-up’ shows Ministry of Health ‘out of touch’, claim senior doctors

Reports of a ‘huge spend-up’ by the outgoing Director-General shows just how out of touch the Ministry of Health is with the ‘real world’ of cash-strapped hospitals and clinical staff shortages, says the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists.

Otago prediabetes treatment takes next step to human trial

Wellington men with pre-diabetes are being sought to trial a new supplement that University of Otago researchers say could be a “gamechanger” in preventing diabetes.

WorkSafe confirms Affco voluntary safety review of Whanganui plant after ammonia leak

WorkSafe New Zealand will not investigate a significant ammonia leak at Affco's Imlay plant — instead, the company has agreed to a voluntary review of the incident.

Spike in drug-resistant infections forces National Burns Centre at Middlemore to limit admissions

The National Burns Centre at Middlemore Hospital has had to limit patient admissions following several cases of drug-resistant infections.

Early warning system recommended to resist opioid epidemic in New Zealand

Pathologist Dr Paul Morrow warns the New Zealand medical community not to become complacent in the face of opioid drug use and recommends rapid reporting of drug abuse incidents to help create an “early warning system.”


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.