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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Police investigating after mattress set alight    (Otago Daily Times) The Dunedin CIB is investigating after a mattress was set alight in a secure mental health ward at Wakari Hospital, resulting in four staff members needing hospital treatment after inhaling the toxic fumes.

David Seymour’s Bill a Threat to the Lives of the Disabled    (Scoop) Media Release Tuesday 22nd August 2017 Our disabled brothers and sisters know that a very real threat associated with the David Seymour Euthanasia bill, is that in allowing doctors to kill the disabled

Services won't be cut at Canterbury DHB - Health Minister  (Radio New Zealand National) The Canterbury District Health Board and the Ministry of Health are at loggerheads over how to reduce the board's ballooning deficit.

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Overloaded Christchurch Hospital treating patients in ED corridors due to surge in numbers (The New Zealand Herald) Christchurch Hospital's emergency department is having to treat up to a dozen patients at a time in corridors, due to an unprecedented number of admissions.

Half of all teen mums in New Zealand come from poorest areas, Ministry of Health finds  (The New Zealand Herald) Half of all teen mums in New Zealand come from our most deprived neighbourhoods, raising questions about access to health care and information.

Hospital: excitement and concerns   (Otago Daily Times) There is undoubtedly excitement, satisfaction and relief after the Government's release of its (more than 100-page) indicative business case for the Dunedin Hospital rebuild and announcement of some of the major details.

Canty health cuts feared  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) The Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has warned ‘‘significant service cuts of unprecedented scale’’ will be needed if the Government does not approve its planned deficit.

Monday, 21 August 2017

Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum meeting update  (NZ Doctor) The Community Pharmacy Leaders Forum (CPLF) met on Wednesday 2 August in Wellington. CPLF is chaired by the Guild’s President, with the Guild also taking responsibility for organising CPLF meetings.

Quitline is good value-for-money – new study  (Scoop) A new study from the University of Otago, Wellington has found New Zealand’s Quitline service is a highly cost-effective way to improve health and even saves the health system money.

Ensuring a safety net of care after a heart attack  (LiveNews.co.nz) It takes a village to look after a patient following an acute coronary event.

Dunedin - largest new hospital build in NZ history   (MSC NewsWire) Dunedin will get a new $1 billion plus hospital, in what will be the largest build of its type in New Zealand’s history, Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says.

For our whānau, for our community – building a system of care to reduce gout  (LiveNews.co.nz) Health Quality and Safety Commission – Press Release: For our whānau, for our community – building a system of care to reduce gout.

Tackling diabetes in the Hutt Valley  (LiveNews.co.nz) Primary Care Hutt Union and Community Health Service (HUCHS) currently has 570 patients with diabetes.

Drugs no longer considered best treatment option for moderate depression, says Auckland GP (TVNZ) Medication to combat mild to moderate depression is increasingly being shown as not the ideal treatment option, an Auckland GP has explained.

How many NZ kids miss out on going to the doctor due to cost?  (Stuff.co.nz - Business Day) Most of the youngest New Zealand children get to the doctor when they are sick, but that changes as they get older despite free healthcare for children up to the age of 14

Friday, 18 August 2017

Woman lay dead, undiscovered by mental health services (Radio New Zealand) The neighbour of a Whangarei woman who lay dead in her bedsit - possibly for weeks - says authorities need to explain why no-one knew.

Mumps cases spur vaccination offer  (Otago Daily Times) University of Otago students are being offered free vaccinations after mumps cases were confirmed at the university.

Solomon rejects Treasury apology  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Treasury’s effort to mend a broken relationship with the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) has failed, with a belated apology rejected by the board’s deputy chairman.

DHB code applies muzzle to board  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Elected Midcentral District Health Board members can now be accused of breaching the code of conduct if they speak to media without first informing the DHB’S chairwoman.

Restructure  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) For many in the Marlborough region, very few will be aware that Nelson Marlborough DHB are currently planning to get rid of the maintenance team based at Wairau Hospital all in the name of saving efficiencies.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study (Yahoo! New Zealand - News) The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine.

Kids cured of peanut allergy in Australian trial  (MSN NZ) Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of the deadly peanut allergy in children. A small clinical trial conducted at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has seen two-thirds of children treated with an experimental immunotherapy treatment cured of their allergy.

Bullying culture uncovered in Australasian emergency medical staff survey  (The New Zealand Herald) A third of emergency medical physicians have experienced bullying in the workplace, a new Australasian survey has found.

New programme could save on prison health care (Stuff.co.nz - National) Hospitals are joining courts in using video link-ups with prisoners. The move could help ease the expense of prison healthcare.

Mumps cases confirmed in Marlborough   (Stuff.co.nz - National) Three young people in Marlborough have contracted the mumps, with at least one case linked to an outbreak in Auckland. The confirmed cases are the first to hit Marlborough since 2014.

Health info, on the go  (NZ Doctor) Patients are receiving faster, and more-informed, care and advice following the rollout of iPads to 52 health professionals working in the community.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Months-long delays for rape victims' ACC support  (MSN NZ) People who have been raped or sexually assaulted are sometimes having to wait months to access ACC-funded specialist support services.

Urology patients at 'significant' risk, review finds (Otago Daily Times) Urology patients in Dunedin have been at ''significant'' risk while specialists argued with senior management over staffing and refused some work in a bid to force managers to act, an external review released yesterday reveals.

Some services close; others find work arounds  (Otago Daily Times) Dunedin Hospital has opened an emergency operations centre (EOC) in the wake of the water-quality scare in north Dunedin.

Bold proposal to make screening programme reality  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern DHB is already being criticised for excessive delays, particularly when treating cancer patients.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Discovery could avoid preterm births (Otago Daily Times) University of Otago researchers have made a discovery which is ``exciting scientifically'' and eventually could help prevent preterm birth in at-risk pregnant women.

'Desperate need' spurs call for more live kidney donors (The New Zealand Herald) Fresh calls are being made for more kidney donors in the face of a chronic shortage of organs for those on waiting lists for transplants.

Alcohol re-think 'central' to mental health policy, Government told  (The New Zealand Herald) Cheap booze is a cause of depression and aid to suicide and there is a pressing need to rethink its availability and price, the Government has been told by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser.

More ICU beds to ward off ‘bumps’  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Six extra beds are on the way for Wellington Hospital’s intensive care unit, meaning fewer patients will have non-urgent surgeries postponed.

Shake-up of hospital proposed  (Otago Daily Times) Oamaru Hospital could be remodelled, staff roles ``redesigned'' and changes made to the way its emergency department is operated under a new plan for delivering health services in the Waitaki district.

Monday, 14 August 2017

Hepatitis: the hunt is now on  (Otago Daily Times) The year 1989 was an eventful one: the Berlin Wall came down, Tim Berners-Lee created the World Wide Web, and a deadly disease was reclassified and renamed.

Health board steps in as trust pulls out of $8m Kawakawa project  (The New Zealand Herald) A multi-million-dollar project to upgrade Bay of Islands Hospital and build a new health centre in Kawakawa is in disarray after one of two partners in the project pulled out.

Slackers costing hospitals big bucks  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Patients skipping appointments without cancelling are likely costing Midcentral District Health Board hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Ministry of Health to consider Havelock North water inquiry findings  (The New Zealand Herald) The country's top health official says the Ministry of Health may have to take a stronger approach to ensuring water suppliers provide safe drinking water in New Zealand.

Potential $18m penalty waived  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern District Health Board could have faced a penalty of about $18 million for failing to provide timely services, but it was waived, it emerged yesterday.

30 in 100 patients harmed by medication  (The New Zealand Herald) More than 30 out of every 100 patients admitted to New Zealand hospitals are harmed by medications given to them, a new study has found.

Healthcare struggle for rural residents  (Otago Daily Times) Access to health services for residents in rural areas is one of the key concerns of Rural Women New Zealand board member Margaret Pittaway, of Lowburn.

Euthanasia bill gets legal tick from Attorney-General  (Radio New Zealand) A bill proposing to legalise euthanasia has been given a legal tick by the Attorney-General, who said it would not infringe basic human rights if enacted.

Third med school a “shag on a rock” says professor  (LiveNews.co.nz) Third med school a “shag on a rock” says professor Max Abbott, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences at Auckland University of Technology (AUT).

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Kids with weight issues at high risk of behavioural problems - study  (Voxy.co.nz) A new, in-depth study of New Zealand children and teenagers seeking help with weight issues has found their emotional health and wellbeing is, on average, markedly worse than that of children without weight issues.

Surgery lack costs SDHB $1million  (Otago Daily Times) Losing $1million for not doing enough surgery did not affect patients at the beleaguered Southern District Health Board, deputy commissioner Richard Thomson says. It just made the deficit bigger by $1million, he said.

Auckland flu: 15% more people than hospital beds  (MSN NZ) An increase in winter flu cases has delayed hundreds of non-urgent surgeries at hospitals in Auckland.

Pressure mounts as health boss stays away  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray has gone on extended leave. Murray was due back at work yesterday but has taken a further two weeks’ leave following allegations of unauthorised spending.

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Health research should be a government priority (LiveNews.co.nz) Three quarters of New Zealanders believe more funding for health and medical research should be a government priority and that the government should invest more funding in health research, according to a survey just released.

Auckland push against Waikato med school  (NZ City) The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland has called on the government to knock back the bid for a third medical school, to be based in Waikato.

Surgeries postponed as hospitals struggle to cope  (Newstalk ZB) More than 700 Aucklanders had their elective surgeries postponed in four weeks as the city's hospitals struggle to cope with the increase in patients flooding their emergency departments.

Retirement villages help displaced Remuera patients  (The New Zealand Herald) Big retirement businesses are being asked to help around 100 elderly people to find new homes because a Remuera rest home is closing.

Dunedin Hospital waiting lists, rebuild a hot election issue for southern voters  (TVNZ) Health has emerged as a major election issue for many Otago voters waiting for new facilities and surgery dates at Dunedin Hospital.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Incorrect pain relief given to man after surgery resulted in his death   (TVNZ) The incorrect pain relief was given to a man after his knee surgery, ultimately resulting in his death from a gastrointestinal bleed, the Health and Disability Commissioner has found.

'Spend day in our shoes'  (Otago Daily Times) Two Dunedin orthopaedic surgeons have taken the unusual step of writing directly to Health Minister Jonathan Coleman to demand an apology and to warn him to expect ``more bad news'' if Dunedin Hospital's care crisis continues.

Ministry raises flags over CCDHB  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) "In 2015/16, the Ministry of Health changed this to population-based funding, and our funding reduced by $451,000 per year." Capital & Coast DHB spokesman Nigel Fairley says.

Smoking worth billions to public purse - report  (MSN NZ) Smoking and savings from tobacco-related deaths are a boon for government coffers, according to a British think tank.

Dr Stephen Child: Lets not rush to legalise 'medical' cannabis (The New Zealand Herald) There are problems with the current discussion of law reform and the legalisation of cannabis in New Zealand.

Low blood sugars in newborns linked to later difficulties  (Voxy.co.nz) A newborn condition affecting one in six babies has been linked to impairment in some high-level brain functions that shows up by age 4.5 years.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Pacific Edge gets new client  (Otago Daily Times) A third New Zealand district health board has signed up to use the bladder cancer tests of Dunedin-based Pacific Edge, with its range of non-invasive diagnostics and monitoring services.

$3.5 million extra on loan for more beds  (Otago Daily Times) An extra $3.5million could be loaned to the Observatory Village Trust next week. In 2015, the Waitaki District Council granted the trust a loan of up to $8million to build the recently completed $22million Stage 1 of Observatory Village Lifecare in Oamaru.

Health Ministry staff ‘dumped’ on CDHB  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Canterbury District Health Board deputy chairman Ta Mark Solomon says Health Ministry staff ‘‘dumped’’ on the CDHB’s management from the moment he started.

SCDHB chairman appointed (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Acting South Canterbury District Health Board chairman Ron Luxton will take over the role permanently, it has been announced. Health Minister Jonathan Coleman confirmed Luxton’s appointment in a statement on Thursday.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Euthanasia report 'deeply disappointing'  (Radio New Zealand) The final report on the public's attitudes towards assisted dying is 'deeply disappointing' and more like a cowardly essay, the former MP who instigated the inquiry says.

Health funding apology  (Otago Daily Times) Director-general of Health Chai Chua said he ''fully owns'' the error, and he accepted the recommendations of an independent report.

Drastic curbs on smoking (The Timaru Herald) Smokers might need to travel to the next town to buy a pack of ciggies by 2022, if the Government accepts drastic recommendations made by a group of health experts.

Urology review under way  (Otago Daily Times) The Southern District Health Board's urology service is under review because of ''unacceptably long'' delays in treatment and assessment.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world  (Business Scoop) A leading digital health expert says the New Zealand health sector is still slow to embrace the tech world.NZ health sector learning to embrace the tech world.

Life ‘miserable’ as surgery delayed  (Otago Daily Times) Gaynor Bungard has to "starve" herself before she leaves her house because she cannot get the bowel surgery she was promised last year.

2018 Census to include new disability questions (Voxy.co.nz) Disability Issues Minister Nicky Wagner is welcoming the decision to include questions on disability in the 2018 Census. "The Census collects important data about who we are as New Zealanders.

New survey results reveal health of kiwi workers, workplaces  (Scoop) New Zealand lost around 6.6 million working days at a cost of $1.51 billion in 2016.

Jonathan Coleman: Patient info shared across the South Island  (Voxy.co.nz) Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman says the expansion of the electronic health records system HealthOne means that most South Island patient records are now shared on one system.

Opinion: We all have a role to play in improving rural health  (Massey University) The ongoing debate about the establishment of a medical school at Waikato University has shone a much needed spotlight on the state of New Zealand’s rural health services.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Mental health billboards appear in Minister’s electorate overnight (NZ Doctor) Media release from ActionStation Billboards highlighting the fact that most New Zealanders want an inquiry into the public mental health system have sprung up overnight in the Health Minister’s Northcote electorate.

Survey results spur concern  (Otago Daily Times) This week, some research snippets to think about, writes Ian Munro. The first, an August 2016 report from the University of Auckland’s Adolescent Health Research Group.

'Strategies from the fat-fighting front'  (Otago Daily Times) A leading anti-obesity campaigner was ''amazed'' to discover the scale of New Zealand's obesity epidemic.

Dignity and respect for very large patients  (NZ Doctor) Innovation and sensitivity are the cornerstones of the approach to treating very large – ‘bariatric’ – patients at local hospitals.

Suicide not a political football  (Waatea News) Northland Social Worker Arthur Harawira says he hopes suicide isn't made a political issue in spite of the appalling statistics amongst rangatahi in the rohe.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Binge drinking research and postgrad supervision awarded (LiveNews.co.nz) Massey University – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Binge drinking research and postgrad supervision awarded.

Dr Lance Lawler joins Research For Life board  (Voxy.co.nz) Dr Lance Lawler, the founder and former chief executive of Pacific Radiology Group, has accepted an invitation to join the Research for Life board.Rise in E-Cigarettes Linked to Rise in Smokers Quitting (Scoop) New research studying United States smokers has shown the recent rise in e-cigarette use in that country is getting more smokers quitting, according to Professor Chris Bullen of the University of Auckland.

Southern DHB encourages testing as part of World Hepatitis Day (Voxy.co.nz) Get tested, get treated - this is the message Southern DHB will be promoting as part of World Hepatitis Day this Friday, 28 July.

NZ Health Ministry to use social media to predict epidemics  (Computerworld New Zealand) Project to look at using ‘unconventional data’ to predict outbreaks

Joint statement  (NZ Doctor) Media release from RNZCGP president Tim Malloy and health minister Jonathan Coleman. GPs from across the country have raised their concerns about issues, in particular workforce numbers and the funding model. These are matters the Government takes seriously.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital (Auckland Scoop) The spike in hospital admissions and reported deaths in Auckland as a result of people taking unknown substances is not being helped by an information vacuum.

Youth suicide prevention starts with building resilience young - PM's chief science advisor  (Stuff.co.nz - National) Resilience programmes should be introduced into primary schools for children as young as six and seven, as part of plans to reduce New Zealand's high youth suicide rates.

Making Health Services More Accessible to Pacific Families  (Auckland Scoop) A team of researchers, led by Debbie Ryan of Pacific Perspectives, has been awarded a Health Research Council grant of $400,000 over two years.

Sperm counts falling sharply, study finds  (Radio New Zealand) Sperm counts in New Zealand, North America, Europe and Australia have dropped by more than 50 percent in less than 40 years, according to new research.

Surgery delays: 'I was prepped three times and bumped'   (MSN NZ) A man whose open heart surgery at Dunedin Hospital was delayed three times says he waited a month, and others six weeks, because of the number of traffic accidents the intensive care unit had to deal with.

Employers told to step up mental health efforts   (MSN NZ) Employers are being encouraged to talk more frankly with staff suffering from mental illness. The calls follow a survey which suggested about 600,000 people - about a fifth of all workers - had been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Doctor fears red-tape may force him to leave NZ  (MSN NZ) An American doctor fears immigration red-tape may force him to be kicked out of the country despite the desperate need for GPs in rural New Zealand.

Treatment collapses lung  (The Timaru Herald) A physiotherapist caused a patient's lung to collapse while she was performing acupuncture.

Whanganui bans vaping in public places over health concerns (Stuff.co.nz - National) Whanganui's mayor is defending his council's move against vaping in public, arguing the practice is a health hazard.

Doctors say a crisis looms due to funding and GP shortage  (MSN NZ) GPs say they're under mounting pressure and it's putting the whole health system at serious risk. Hundreds of doctors have written to the Minister of Health warning of a looming crisis due to funding issues and a GP shortage.

Monday, 24 July 2017

High-profile doctor and local iwi establish virtual medical clinic (TVNZ) Former New Zealander of the year Dr Lance O'Sullivan and a Taranaki iwi have set up a virtual medical clinic after Patea was left without a GP.

Northland MS patients facing long wait for appointments (The New Zealand Herald) Multiple sclerosis patients in Northland are waiting between two and four months to see a specialist, and up to three months for a magnetic resonance imaging scan (MRI).

Health board criteria unwell?  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Questions raised about the Canterbury District Health Board’s (CDHB) performance make one wonder what criteria are employed to determine the functionality of the Treasury, Ministry of Health, Ministry for Environment and Statistics NZ.

DHB boss’s spending questioned  (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) Waikato District Health Board chief executive Nigel Murray is under scrutiny over alleged unauthorised spending. It’s understood board members were advised of the spending irregularities at a special meeting on Wednesday.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Canterbury GP teams stand with their hospital colleagues  (Scoop) Canterbury General Practice teams stand with their hospital colleagues As chairs of the three Primary Health Organisations representing all Canterbury general practices we fully support our hospital colleagues’ position as outlined by Dr Alistair Humphrey in the Christchurch Press 19 July 2017.

Leading the way on infection control  (Scoop) Wellington Regional Hospital is leading the way in using an anti-staph bundle to help prevent staph infections among cardiac surgery patients.

High-level plan for disability support system shared with sector  (Voxy.co.nz) The high-level design of the new disability support system has been shared with the sector.

Massey senior lecturer to head NZORD  (Voxy.co.nz) Dr Collette Bromhead, senior lecturer in molecular microbiology, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Diseases (NZORD).

Kelly Savage's family campaigns to end restraint in Japan after his death  (The New Zealand Herald) The family of a Kiwi man who died after being tied down for 10 days in a psychiatric hospital are begging the Japanese Government to ban the practice.

Bariatric Surgery Registry Launches in New Zealand (Auckland Scoop) New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Canterbury GP teams stand with their hospital colleagues  (Scoop) Canterbury General Practice teams stand with their hospital colleagues As chairs of the three Primary Health Organisations representing all Canterbury general practices we fully support our hospital colleagues’ position as outlined by Dr Alistair Humphrey in the Christchurch Press 19 July 2017.

Leading the way on infection control  (Scoop) Wellington Regional Hospital is leading the way in using an anti-staph bundle to help prevent staph infections among cardiac surgery patients.

High-level plan for disability support system shared with sector  (Voxy.co.nz) The high-level design of the new disability support system has been shared with the sector.

Massey senior lecturer to head NZORD  (Voxy.co.nz) Dr Collette Bromhead, senior lecturer in molecular microbiology, has been appointed chief executive of the New Zealand Organisation of Rare Diseases (NZORD).

Kelly Savage's family campaigns to end restraint in Japan after his death  (The New Zealand Herald) The family of a Kiwi man who died after being tied down for 10 days in a psychiatric hospital are begging the Japanese Government to ban the practice.

Bariatric Surgery Registry Launches in New Zealand (Auckland Scoop) New Zealand’s first Bariatric Surgery Registry launches nation-wide this week, an initiative that will allow surgeons to accurately compare outcomes.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Labour promises billions to health and ed   (The Timaru Herald) Labour has run its numbers and opened its books, promising multi-billion-dollar injections into health and education.

Bremner review to remain private  (Radio New Zealand) A review into the Waikato District Health Board's care of a man who later killed three people and then himself in October last year has been completed, but won't be made public.

Baby deaths worst in three years  (The Timaru Herald) New Zealand's high rates of infant deaths places it near the bottom of the OECD, with opposition parties blaming inequality and poverty for the country's poor record compared to the rest of the developed world.

Blenheim cryptosporidium outbreak lingers  (NZ Doctor) Cases of cryptosporidiosis continue to be confirmed in Blenheim, with the public health focus now on reminding early childcare centres how to avoid preventing more cases.

Transforming respite care  (LiveNews.co.nz) Associate Health Minister Nicky Wagner is today releasing a strategy to transform the way people who care for a disabled family member are supported.

Call for volunteers for Rotorua's new dementia care village (The New Zealand Herald) The world-leading Whare Aroha Care village is set to open in Rotorua next month and community volunteers are being called on to help support village residents.

Rural NZ deserves better health support  (Rural News Group) With 62,000 New Zealanders living and working rurally, their communities are the backbone of the economy, but they are poorly supported healthwise.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Three Rivers hires new doctors   (The Gisborne Herald) Doctor Roslyn Gathercole, from England, says she feels at home in Gisborne and decided to stay. Dr Gathercole is one of three doctors at Three Rivers Medical.

Nurse gave patient 10 times the correct dosage of medication on day he died  (Stuff.co.nz - National) A distracted nurse who was unfamiliar with an elderly patient's medication gave him 10 times the prescribed amount just hours before his death.

Why senior doctors are thinking of leaving public hospitals   (Scoop) Feelings of disillusionment, exhaustion and low morale are driving senior doctors to consider leaving New Zealand’s public hospitals much earlier than they would otherwise.

New study shows how acupuncture significantly reduces period pain  (Māori Television) Medical researchers in Australia and New Zealand have shown that acupuncture treatment significantly reduces period pain intensity, duration and symptoms over time, with improvements being sustained up to a year after treatment.

Apology for spine surgery mistake  (The Timaru Herald) An orthopaedic surgeon has been told to apologise after he operated on the wrong part of a patient's spine and didn't tell her. Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill's decision, released on Tuesday, found the surgeon breached the code of patient's rights.

Ultrasound wait list keeps growing  (Otago Daily Times) Wait times for routine ultrasounds at Dunstan Hospital are the longest they have been for almost four years, due to population growth and additional ultrasounds now required for pregnant women.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Huge demand on addiction services leaves teens waiting for treatment  (Stuff.co.nz - National) Some teenagers in the top of the south with substance abuse problems are having to wait more than three weeks to receive treatment for addictions.

Northland one of few getting enough health funding, unions say  (The New Zealand Herald) A new report on health funding claims Northland gets slightly more than its fair share.

Hutt Valley and Wairarapa DHBs first to roll out national bowel cancer screening  (Stuff.co.nz - National) The Hutt Valley and Wairarapa are the first two regions to get free screening for bowel cancer, as the initiative starts to be rolled out across the country.

Whooping cough warning (Fairfax Media Digital Edition) The potential for a whooping cough epidemic has health professionals calling for vaccinations.

Papers expose doctors' bullying at Auckland City Hospital (Newstalk ZB) Bullying at Auckland City Hospital included yelling and abuse, and "arrogant" specialists taught trainees how to "say no" to patient admission requests, according to official documents.