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Patients left off surgical waiting lists

People needing surgery were mistakenly left off waiting lists at one of the country's biggest DHBs - an oversight only discovered when one of them queried their case.

Making the next period sustainable

Companies want to provide schools with resources to help educate students about using sustainable menstrual products.

Censure and fine for surgeon guilty of professional misconduct over Whanganui patient

A delayed diagnosis left Whanganui man Keith Hindson facing extensive surgery and post-operative radiotherapy.

Is NZ ready for the next big pandemic?

New Zealand isn't prepared enough for a major pandemic, which could strike as swiftly as an earthquake and bring the country to its knees, researchers argue.

Health expert calls for tobacco-style tax excise for alcohol

Alcohol Healthwatch says every New Zealander would benefit from drinking less.

Untreatable gonorrhoea ‘superbug’ is spreading worldwide, WHO experts warn

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable "superbug" strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organisation has warned.

National Patient Flow Programme not providing accurate patient data

A data collection system that is meant to measure patients' progress through the health system from referral to discharge is producing inaccurate results because of issues including IT problems and missing information.

Allegations 800,000 NZers at risk of medical privacy breach

Four New Zealand and Australasian healthcare IT companies have jointly contacted the Privacy Commissioner to flag the issue.

Dunedin scientist forged scripts to feed addiction

A Dunedin scientist has admitted counterfeiting prescriptions to fuel his painkiller addiction.

Nurse care ‘equal or even better’ than GPs for some conditions, finds review

For chronic conditions nurses “probably achieve equal or better health outcomes” for patients then doctors, a major international research review has concluded.
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