Auckland City Hospital’s ED under ‘significant pressure’

More than a quarter of patients rushed to Auckland City Hospital's emergency room are waiting over six hours to be seen.

Medical abortions could be safely performed in any good medical centre

Current legal restrictions on who can approve and carry out abortions and where they can be performed create inequities, risks and are a “shocking” waste of the health dollar, argues the women’s health nurses’ college.

‘Poetic’: Seized drug money to fund addiction services, says Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says it is "somewhat poetic" to pay for new drug addiction services with money seized from criminals – including drug dealers.

Havelock North gastro outbreak’s lessons guide new winter flu pilot

As flu season approaches, a Havelock North practice is to use its experience during the 2016 campylobacter outbreak to help cope with any surge in patient numbers in the weeks ahead.

Māori health trust founder honoured

Christine Brears’ commitment to improving the health of kohanga reo kids in the 1980s – leading to the founding of an early Māori health trust – was honoured recently. by Rebekah Fraser.

Big delay in life-saving improvements to cervical cancer screening

A change that would mean women would need to take a smear test every five years has been delayed until 2021.

NZ running out of shingles vaccine

New Zealand is running out of the vaccine against shingles just two months after it was made free for adults aged 65 to 80.

A dozen honours for the health sector this Queen’s Birthday

A Māori health trust founder and the dermatologist who created the world’s most popular skin health website joined aged care worker Kristine Bartlett and many others in the health sector in being awarded Queen’s Birthday Honours this weekend.

Last day for submissions to Mental Health Inquiry

Written submissions to the Mental Health & Addictions Inquiry close today but the Inquiry panel’s face-to-face meetings continue until early July.

Women with cancer ‘failed’ by lack of screening, DHBs say

District health boards have accused the Ministry of Health of failing women as rates of life-saving cancer screening go backwards.


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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