Stalled bowel screening rollout re-starts in South

The stalled rollout of the bowel screening programme is underway again with Otago and Southland joining the programme today.

Mayors seek assurances from Health Minister David Clark over rescue helicopter services

Mayors from the central North Island will travel to Wellington today to meet Health Minister David Clark over the future of chopper rescue services there.

DHB nurses to vote on striking two days this winter

Stressed but determined nurses are voting on striking for two days in July unless the Prime Minister’s independent panel comes up with an offer that makes them feel valued, says nurses' union NZNO.

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.


Clinician with “passion for public healthcare” to lead Ministry of Health

Dr Ashley Bloomfield was announced today as the new Director General of Health – the third appointment this decade to lead the controversy-hit Ministry of Health.

Sick at heart