Tireless GP champion steps down due to health setback

A health set-back has seen Dr Tim Malloy today announce he is stepping down from his longstanding role as president of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners.

Middlemore Hospital staff raise concerns over bosses ‘relaxed response’ to swine flu outbreak

Seven people have contracted swine flu at Middlemore Hospital in the last week with some staff raising concerns over their bosses' "relaxed response".

Millions injected to upgrade Auckland hospitals

The Government has revealed it will invest $305 million into the upgrade and repair of essential infrastructure at Auckland District Health Board.

Bowel screening programme misses too many cancers, says expert

The national bowel screening programme is likely to miss about a third of cancers present in paticipants, screening authority University of Otago Associate Professor Brian Cox says.

Consumers should know how to get actual bowel screening results, argue advocates

Bowel screening participants should be informed how to request their actual results – not just told whether they are above or below the screening cut-off threshold, believes Bowel Cancer New Zealand.

Revealed: Bowel cancer diagnosed years after screening failure

A person was diagnosed with bowel cancer more than 3 years after they should have been invited to take part in a free screening programme.

Kids being failed by ‘school’ oral health service, says dentistry leader

“The 'underfunded, understaffed, overwhelmed” school dental service is where the crisis is in dental care, says Dental Association president Dr Bill O’Connor.

Workforce not just funding behind delays in cheaper GP fees, says Minister

Delays in primary health care promises, funding extra GP trainees and practice nurse salary rises were amongst the questions Health Minister Dr David Clark faced when he addressed last weekend’s South General Practice Conference.

Keep ED for emergencies: Record numbers at Auckland hospitals

Auckland City Hospital's emergency department is currently seeing record numbers of patients, with more than 1400 patients last week alone.

Elderly man died minutes after paramedics’ non-urgent assessment

An elderly man died just minutes after paramedics assessed him as not needing to be transferred to hospital, a report reveals.


Death: the symptoms of dying

How much do many of us actually know about the act of dying? In the first of Health Central’s special focus on death and dying – The Death Series – FIONA CASSIE talks to palliative care specialist Brian Ensor about the symptoms of dying.


Remote radiology service offers treatment for waiting lists

A virtual radiology service being set up by SEQURE Health could double the capacity of District Health Boards to read X-rays, CT Scans, MRI...