DHB nurses vote ‘yes’ but urgent work now needed

After a year of negotiations, simmering frustration and a national strike the majority of NZNO nurses have accepted the DHBs’ fifth offer – but most see it as just a first step.

Higher patient volumes blamed for DHBs being $75m deeper in the red

The country’s DHBs are looking to end the year much deeper in the red with a deficit of nearly $220m now forecast – many citing higher patient volumes than predicted. Others say they are further in the red after making provision for a nurses’ pay deal.

Looming crisis feared for aged care nursing

An exodus of nurses from aged care to public hospitals is feared to worsen once a DHB-NZNO deal is settled, says the aged care sector. It is calling for migration rules to be relaxed to help prevent nursing shortages reaching crisis level.

Rolling strikes called off by ACC senior doctors

Today’s planned strike by ACC medical advisors is off after reaching a pay deal with ACC and the news that no doctors will be made redundant under a restructuring proposal.

Steve Maharey appointed as Pharmac chairman

A former Labour cabinet minister has been installed as the chairman of the drug-buying agency Pharmac, with Health Minister David Clark saying it was time to refresh the leadership.

Nurse deal: Accord signed to ensure safe staffing levels in hospitals

Nurses in public hospitals will no longer have to run from patient to patient because they are so short-staffed, Health Minister David Clark says.

Hint of 16 extra GP training places only short-term fix, says College

The Health Minister’s hint of 16 extra GP places for the next intake was heartening but still far short of the 300 places previously promised, says College of GPs' president Dr Tim Malloy.

“Unsustainable” nurse workloads leads to Safe Staffing accord

The Minister of Health is calling for safe staffing commitments to be written into performance expectations of DHB CEOs and Director-General of Health in support of a new safe staffing Accord announced today.

DHB was warned of syphilis outbreak: ‘They are all complicit in this’

Auckland DHB was repeatedly warned of "out of control" syphilis rates before it made cuts to sexual health positions, documents show.

Wary response to NZ’s first ‘rate your health professional’ website

GP and dentistry leaders are wary to realistic about a site dubbed Australia’s ‘Trip Advisor’ of healthcare crossing the Tasman to launch a ‘rate’ your health professional website.


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...