Strike postponed as improved DHBs’ offer goes out to nurses

The nurses’ union NZNO has withdrawn notice of the July 5 strike after agreeing to put an improved district health boards' offer out to members in an online vote next week.

Teenagers swamp sexual assault helpline in first month of launch

More than 1200 people have called a new sexual harm helpline - most of them teenagers.

AUT signs deal with PharmaCann to develop locally made, cheaper medical cannabis

An Auckland start-up has signed a deal with the Auckland University of Technology in a bid to produce cheaper, locally made medical cannabis.

Hospital visitors may be asked to help when nurses strike

Visitors could be asked to help out patients by doing basic care tasks on the day of nurses strikes.

Ageing population will see strokes increase by 40 per cent in next decade

Despite improvements in stroke prevention the number of strokes in New Zealand will increase by 40 per cent over the next 10 years predicts a University of Otago neurologist. By Sara Carbery.

Labour’s health Budget boost reduces but still leaves $2.5 billion gap, say unions

The Government will need to find an extra $2.5 Billion in next year’s Budget with the growth in demand for acute hospital services far outstripping the growth in population, finds the union’s annual post-Budget analysis.

Amazon, Buffett, JPMorgan pick Gawande to lead health firm

Three corporate giants seeking to attack rising health care costs have turned to a Harvard professor who has written books about the system's many flaws.

Health Minister says no extra money available for nurses’ deal

Health Minister Dr David Clark has responded to DHB nurses rejecting the pay offer by saying Government has “gone as far as we can” in terms of extra money for a nurses’ pay settlement.

July strike could be on after nurses reject DHB deal

Nearly 30,000 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants may walk off the job for 24 hours on July 5 unless last-ditch efforts by DHBs and NZNO to make a deal can be pulled off.

Bravery of Canterbury doctor and nurse recognised by Royal Humane Society

Two separate rescues – one from a burning car and the other from a submerged car – saw a Canterbury nurse and doctor being presented the Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Silver Medal for bravery.


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.


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